Push to stop the “R” word

GUILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s a hurtful word and one shoreline town is trying to get everyone to stop using it.

Students on their way into Guilford High School this morning were asked to sign a pledge to promise not to use the “R” word. It’s an outdated term that’s been used to refer to people with learning disabilities. But today, it’s considered an insult and students want it to stop.

“I mean, I work with these kids every school day, and it’s something you just have to get rid of,” said Guilford High School student Rowan Page. “When it hurts people’s feelings, Then it’s a bad thing to say. The other thing, the good way to say it is respect,” said Guilford High School student Michael Demino.

“Respect” is the “R” word they would like to hear more often. Students who sign the pledge- get a wristband that says “Spread the word to end the word.” They can also buy T-shirts- to help the effort.

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