Students Taught Not to Use the “R” Word in Jefferson County  


Students in Steubenville listened very attentively as staff members and students from the Jefferson County Board of Developmental Disabilities taught them about the hurtfulness of the “R” word.

The Pugliese West 3rd and 4th graders pledged to never use the word and to ask others they hear using it, not to as well.

This was the Board of Developmental Disability’s first presentation on the topic, but they plan to talk at every school district throughout the area leading up to Developmental Disabilities month, which is in March.

“It’s very important that we spread the word to end the word: the “R” word, retarded. Very disrespectful, hurtful, and a lot of people say it without even realizing the term, the meaning, and how demeaning it is,” said Assistant Superintendent Michael Zinno.

“Everyday we’re talking about character education and we’re talking about what it means to be a good friend, to be a good person, to be compassionate and caring. It’s a part of our curriculum her in Steubenville City schools and that’s one thing we’re trying to convey as a district,” said Principal Lynnett Gorman.

Gorman went on to say that it’s not just words, but good actions, too, that they are teach the kids.

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