March 08, 2013 | SOI General: Headquarters

KSFY ABC: "End the use of the r-word"

By Roberto Coquis

Roosevelt High School students sign a banner, pledging to stop using the r-word.

KSFY ABC reports, "How many times have you jokingly called someone a retard? To people with an intellectual disability and their families, it's no joking matter and they want you to stop using that derogatory word. March 6th is national pledging day and the South Dakota Special Olympics committee is asking us to take a stand, take the pledge and spread the word to end the word. Nancy Naeve Brown went to Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls to see why kids are vowing not to say the r-word ever again. Before the Roosevelt Girls Basketball team boarded their bus bound for Rapid City and the State Basketball Tourney they made, what they call, a necessary pit stop outside the office to sign a big banner. They are pledging to stop using the word retarded, even in gist. They are all friends with the handsome man featured on the poster whose name is Scotty." To read more click below

About Roberto Coquis: I work at Special Olympics.
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