William Chrisman High School will be holding its 4th annual “Spread the Word to end the R-Word Day” pledge campaign.

William Chrisman High School will be holding its 4th annual “Spread the Word to end the R-Word Day” pledge campaign. The event is Friday and will be run by the Special Olympics fan club before school in the atrium.


As students arrive, they will be greeted and come to computers to take the pledge to refrain from using the word “Retard,” as it is offensive to many people.


After that, the students who pledged are encouraged to refrain from using the word as well as asked to encourage others to do the same. There will also be T-shirts for sale as well.


The events was begun nationally by Special Olympics athletes who found the word offensive. Pledging to not use the word shows others that the word is taken seriously and shows respect for the Special Olympics.


Those who pledge to not say the “R-word” will sign a banner and also get a treat. The goal of the event is to make people more aware of the language they use and also help limit a word that has become common usage to many.