I feel like there needs to be some other of way to show students how powerful words can be. I have heard about bad parenting before, but I’m not sure if upwards of 500 classmates experience it. What I’m saying is, in the hallways of HSW, I hear many vulgar things said. I’ve gotten used to the f word at this point, those ones have little meaning. But referring to somebody you may not like as disabled is just not acceptable at all. I hear my classmates walk around the halls saying “That’s retarded” or “You’re autistic”. It doesn’t matter if they’re joking or not, it’s just damaging to those who hear these phrases. I’ve heard “I look like a downy”, referring to Down Syndrome. I’ve heard more which I won’t dare to mention here. Please find a way to at least reduce this type of vulgarity in our hallways.

Written by on January 9, 2019 in Grapevine

A. You are absolutely right. There is no excuse for that kind of behavior. We have many programs to teach students that words hurt. Ultimately, it is a societal issue that needs to be addressed and called out by all.