Dighton-Rehoboth Students & Staff Hoping To Ban Use Of “R” Word

NORTH DIGHTON (CBS) – Hundreds of students and staff at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School have signed a pledge against using the word “retard” or “retarded” in a derogatory context.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports.

Ashley McMeekin, who helped spearhead the campaign, says the “R” word is offensive to her and her friends who have disabilities.

“I hope no one uses (that word) again,” said McMeekin. “I thought it was hurtful.”

That’s why she is spreading the word to end the word. She and her teacher, Tim Tichacek, organized a rally in school sponsored by the Special Olympics and Best Buddies.

“(It’s) a campaign against casual use of the word ‘retard’ or ‘retarded.’ When used in a casual sense, it increases the negative connotation that people with disabilities are on a lower level than people without disabilities, and that’s just not true,” said Tichachek.

More than 680 students and staff have signed the pledge so far.

  • 1stackmack

    let me see.can’t use the n word,now the r word.we have two f words.instead of calling an idiot a retard,can we say they ride the short bus.l’m sorry can we go back to original 7 words you can’t say on tv like gorge carlin suggested please, its getting confusing.

    • Joe Wood

      Let me see…wants to use the n word, wants to use the r word, wants to use the f words. Misspells George. Does not use punctuation and claims to be confused. Cites George Carlin out of context. Does not sign with a real name.
      Exactly the type of person this campaign is trying to reach….bigots.

      • Rob Cleary

        So what do we call retards now? Democrats?

  • Arlene

    The “R” word was consisdered offensive when I was growing up but no one bothered doing anything about it except an adult now and then reprimanding the person using the word.

    • Rob Cleary

      The “R” word? Oh Christ, here we go again.

  • Rob Cleary

    That’s just retarded. Welcome to Nazi Germany.

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