Students aim to eliminate use of the 'R word' - WSMV Channel 4

Students aim to eliminate use of the 'R word'

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Through spoken word, games and dance, a group of students and teachers shared an important message Wednesday about how we should all stop using a very harmful word.

Harpeth High School hosted a rally in its gym to "Spread the Word to End the Word."

They want to eliminate the word "retarded," and the Tennessee chapter of the Special Olympics teamed up with some special buddies to help put on the rally and to help explain why the "R word" is hurtful no matter who is saying it.

"Hopefully, everyone comes out of here thinking, 'OK, we should not use the word, because that person has experienced that before and it can be very hurtful,'" said Christopher Lacy, a Special Olympics athlete.

Lacy spoke at the rally and shared his experiences of ridicule.

His words, along with those from other students with special needs, are part of a national campaign to end the use of the "R word" against anyone.

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