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Viking Pals wear their own shirts and hoodies.

Viking Pals wear their own shirts and hoodies.

Viking Pals wear their own shirts and hoodies.

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Viking Pals has recently participated in a campaign with the goal of stopping the use of the word “retard”.  Members of the group and many teachers have been wearing shirts with the campaign’s slogan, “spread the word to end the word.”

The campaign was begun by Special Olympics and Best Buddies.  “It’s not about freedom of speech, it’s simply about respect,” the site claims.

On the website, there is a list of “jeers”.  They range from Dreamworks’ Tropic Thunder to President Obama.  There is also a list of “cheers.”

The campaign has seen some results over the years.  The word retard has been removed from many medical pamphlets and library books.  In 2010, Rosa’s Law was introduced, removing any mention of the word from federal health, education, and labor policy and replaces them with “intellectual disability.”

The club sold shirts for fifteen dollars and hoodies for twenty-five dollars on the annual day of awareness, March 2nd.  “What we want to do is replace the word retard with respect,” Mrs. Wallace said.

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