South Davidson High School holds campaign to replace ‘R’ word with respect

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DENTON, N.C. -- One Davidson County high school is taking a step towards ending discrimination and making everyone feel included.

The school is embracing a Special Olympics initiative called "Spread the Word to End the Word."

They are urging students to sign a pledge that they will replace the "R" word (retarded) with another "R" word: Respect."Respect. Much bigger. Much nicer. And it's so much more accepting," said junior Maria Smith. "It means a lot to me because I have a twin sister with Down Syndrome and so it was really moving to see Stoner-Thomas School kids here and the interaction with them and us and dancing and them eating here it's just truly amazing."

"Respect. Much bigger. Much nicer. And it's so much more accepting," said junior Maria Smith. "It means a lot to me because I have a twin sister with Down Syndrome and so it was really moving to see Stoner-Thomas School kids here and the interaction with them and us and dancing and them eating here it's just truly amazing."

Learn more about the "Spread the Word" campaign here.

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