Bald Eagle

BEA students resolve to show respect, end use of ‘r-word’

Bald Eagle Area High School LEO Club member Carson Spence looks on while Wingate Elementary students (from left) Cameron Martin, Colin Brooks and Keira Soltis sign a banner pledging to show respect to everyone.
Bald Eagle Area High School LEO Club member Carson Spence looks on while Wingate Elementary students (from left) Cameron Martin, Colin Brooks and Keira Soltis sign a banner pledging to show respect to everyone. Photo provided

Bald Eagle Area School District is a big advocate for setting a good example.

Last week, the district held a three-day campaign for “ Spread the Word to End the Word” awareness to eliminate the use of the word “retard” as a derogatory term in everyday language.

District spokeswoman Rose Hoover said that all students and staff went online to sign a pledge, and sign a banner to hang in their schools “indicating that the only r-word they will use when referring to others is respect.”

The banners at the high school and Wingate Elementary were hung during the Special Olympics State Floor Hockey Tournament last weekend, which the district hosted this year.

The tournament is run by BEA students and community members.

This year’s event hosted 450 individuals from Pennsylvania, New York and Virginia, Hoover said.

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