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March 16, 2017 | North America: New York

My inspiration for R-Word Prevention

By Allyson Mohrman

My inspiration is a group of special ed kids that I work with at my Middle school. They are often made fun of on the bus and come home upset. I would like this word to be prevented because it is not a friendly thing to say to people.View Story ▼My inspiration is a group of special ed kids that I work with at my Middle school. They are often made fun of on the bus and come home upset. I would like this word to be prevented because it is not a friendly thing to say to people.

About Allyson Mohrman:I work with special ed kids, I serve food at homeless shelters, I cook meals for the Ronald Mcdonald House, and I run an antibullying campaign.
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March 15, 2017 | North America: Pennsylvania

Only R Word is Respect

By Madison Mackynen

Our school held the Spread the Word to End the Word awareness day in March.View Story ▼Our school held the Spread the Word to End the Word awareness day in March. The next day, all the kids started to talk about the R-word and how it shouldn't be used. I pledged and haven't said the r-word except RESPECT. When I hear kids say it in front of the special need kids, I stand up and speak up. I hate that word; it hurts a lot of people.

About Madison Mackynen:I played Bocce with my team and i loved every second of it, no one judged me for doing it. I loved having an experience, with these love able kids.
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March 12, 2017 | Asia Pacific: Australia

indirect bullying

By michael landy

It really sickens me to see people indirectly bullying people with a disability.View Story ▼It really sickens me to see people indirectly bullying people with a disability. They have no idea what we have to go thru on a daily basis. I find it to be disgusting and the people who do it should be ashamed of themselves. It really says more about them. Worry about yourself. Disabled or not, people have the right to live their life however they choose.

About michael landy:Just a person fed up
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March 07, 2017 | North America: Tennessee

Spread The Word to End the Word

By Jacob Goldsmith

The R-Word has affected many people in this world and my school has taken action on it.View Story ▼The R-Word has affected many people in this world and my school has taken action on it. Every year we create a video to spread the word to end the word. This year we decided to make our video look like a documentary style movie trailer. This is our Video.

About Jacob Goldsmith:I create videos for fun and for my community. This is just one of many videos I have created to promote a cause. Spreading the Word to End the Word is a big deal for me and I am very excited to share.
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March 07, 2017 | North America: Pennsylvania

"But that's not how I mean it!"

By Cheyenne March

"I don't mean it that way!" "It's a joke, come on." "You're taking it too seriously!"View Story ▼"I don't mean it that way!" "It's a joke, come on." "You're taking it too seriously!" That's the response after I tell someone to not use the word they did. All my friends and family know why this means a lot to me. There are few things that I don't put up with, and that is one of them. Here's why. My Aunt is has an intellectual disability. She has such a bubbly and sweet personality. She is her own person, and is put into a box with everyone else in the world who is "Not Normal." She loves mac 'n cheese. She loves to bake sugar cookies with my mom. She loves birds. She loves to talk on the telephone. She has feelings, and even if she is different, she is still a person. She is no less deserving of basic human respect than you, just because her brain works differently. I am taking a step to end the R-Word in my community, and in the lives of those around me. Words hurt, but it hurts the people who are around to hear it used against someone who you'd consider different.

About Cheyenne March:Cheyenne is 18 years old, and a senior in High School. Planning to attend a university in Virginia, she is pursuing a double major in special education and elementary education.
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  • Each human is amazing and deserves respect for all types of differences.

    Avery Kozloski

    Monson , Massachusetts

  • I pledge to stand up for those who can't do so for themselves.

    Cheyenne March

    West Chester, Pennsylvania

  • I hear it all the time at school and try to stop it but it's too much to handle alone.

    Brigid McKeegan

    Granite Town, Maryland

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    Sacramento, California

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    Atlanta , Georgia

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