So you ask, what is the word you are supposed to end?
The word is the R-word. The R-word is the word ‘retard(ed)’. Why does it hurt? The R-word hurts because it is exclusive. It’s offensive. It’s derogatory.
When they were originally introduced, the terms “mental retardation” or “mentally retarded” were medical terms with a specifically clinical connotation; however, these words, “retard” and “retarded” have been used widely in today’s society to degrade and insult people with intellectual disabilities.
Additionally, when “retard” and “retarded” are used as synonyms for “dumb” or “stupid” by people without disabilities, it only reinforces painful stereotypes of people with intellectual disabilities being less valued members of humanity
The Harpeth High Best Buddies Club is hosting a rally on March 6th for the student body.
The goal of the rally is to get the word out and to help students, staff and the community be more aware of the negative use of the R-word.
Please support our cause by purchasing a T-shirt that says “Spread the Word to End the Word”. T-shirts are $10.00 and all proceeds go to fund the Best Buddies Life Skills Club. T-shirts can be ordered through the school. Please support our students, school and community!!!