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February 10, 2018 | North America: Massachusetts

R-word In School

By Sierra McCullough

My brother used to be made fun of because he's autistic.View Story ▼My brother, Dayton, used to be made fun of because he's autistic. He was called the r-word by a boy that was on the wrestling team. He ended up retaliating and egging his house. Then, my other brother ended up wrestling and kicked the kid's butt. In a way, Dayton been avenged.So, instead of making fun of those with disabilities, why don't we share are differences and help others get through life. Because, in reality we're all stuck together, so why not be together. We all bleed the same. And we're more beautiful when we stick together. Stand up for what's right, don't just sit on the sidelines and watch things happen. Stop the bad things from happening and push for the GOOD things in life!

About Sierra McCullough:I have 7 brothers and 2 sisters. I played football my sophomore year of high school and I'd like to continue playing my senior year. Everyone made me feel welcome on the team.
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January 30, 2018 | North America: Cayman Islands

Family Rules

By Max Shapiro

My mother does not accept the r-word in our house or in our vocabulary. The word is cruel and should not be used. When I was little, I didn't understand the rule. Then when I explored the world and helped people with disabilities, I realized that they were just like me and they had great ideas, butView Story ▼My mother does not accept the r-word in our house or in our vocabulary. The word is cruel and should not be used. When I was little, I didn't understand the rule. Then when I explored the world and helped people with disabilities, I realized that they were just like me and they had great ideas, but they couldn't share them like I could. Instead of making fun of people with disabilities, we should help them share their ideas and fight their challenges.

About Max Shapiro:I like helping others.
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January 30, 2018 | North America: Southern California

R-Word in my Class

By Casey Ross

I really just want to share how the r-word really effected me, and why it is so important to pledge. I honestly thought that as a young girl, my generation was better about using the r-word. I now know that even in this time, there is still a need to spread the word. Our teacher was reading what cluView Story ▼I really just want to share how the r-word really affected me, and why it is so important to pledge. I honestly thought that as a young girl, my generation was better about using the r-word. I now know that even in this time, there is still a need to spread the word. Our teacher was reading what clubs meet today, and a club I was in,(A gay-straight alliance club) came up. One boy in my class turned to his friend and said,"Dude, that club is so r*****ed." I was so hurt, and even though he was joking around, it was an attack to me, my friends, and the whole LGBTQ+ community! I was so saddened by this, and that was when I knew I needed to spread the word.

About Casey Ross:I am a young student in California! I am really interested in rock climbing, and helping with LGBTQ+ issues. I have heard the r-word said by my classmates, and in response I am now happily pledged!
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January 19, 2018 | North America: Ohio

Mother Knows Best

By Ivory

This isn't really a story. I mean it is but it's just a short one. A very short one. My mother didn't allow the r-word in the house. Still to this day actually.View Story ▼This isn't really a story. I mean it is but it's just a short one. A very short one.My mother didn't allow the r-word in the house. Still to this day actually. Every time it was said we would be punished. She would yell. I never really knew why until I grew up and actually seen the pain that word causes people. It's offensive and disrespectful. It should NOT be in anyone's vocabulary.

About Ivory:I'm just a normal girl that wants everyone to feel accepted.
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January 17, 2018 | North America: Kentucky

R-word on deviantART

By Rainika Mcintosh

I'm an artist with autism. I confronted a 14 year old bully who harassed my friends on a art website called deviantART. The bully disrespect me, my friends and my family. I was so angry and upset when he called my cousin with down syndrome and stage 4 cancer that horrible word, it's offensive to me and my friends on deviantART. So I decided to share my story to everyone who hates the R-word more than me.View Story ▼I'm an artist with autism. I confronted a 14 year old bully who harassed my friends on a art website called deviantART. The bully disrespect me, my friends and my family. I was so angry and upset when he called my cousin with down syndrome and stage 4 cancer that horrible word, it's offensive to me and my friends on deviantART. So I decided to share my story to everyone who hates the R-word more than me.

About Rainika Mcintosh:I'm a 22 year old woman with autism, I live with my family in Louisville, KY
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  • I’m generally not easily offended and I believe in free speech, but with that said there are some rules that need to govern common human decency and how we speak about ch...

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    Ilyce Randell

    Buffalo Grove , Illinois

  • I have always taught my children to NEVER use the R word. As it is extremely hurtful and hateful. Years later, my Dad married the most beautiful woman who has three child...

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    Trisha

    Spring Hill, Florida

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    Arden Hills, Minnesota

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    Monson , Massachusetts

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