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Guilford High pledges to stop using R-word

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GUILFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Calling it a touching display of maturity and compassion, Sen. Ed Meyer joined with Rep. Patricia Widlitz in signing on to the End the R-word Campaign organized by students at Guilford High School.

The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness about the highly-offensive word retard(ed).

Students at schools across the United States have taken part of the campaign, which is organized by members of the Special Olympics and Best Buddies International.

"Campaigns such as this highlight the strength of character that make Guilford such a great community," said Meyer said. "It is touching to see the maturity and compassion displayed by the young men and women signing this pledge. I commend Kim Beckett and Jaye Carlson for their initiative in this regard."

The is the second year Guilford High School students have taken part in the pledge. Last year, the petition received support from Project Unity, of the Special Olympics, Guilford Fund for Education, Guilford Foundation and the Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress.

Because of that, the Guilford High School campaign resulted in the high school winning the coveted Unified Sports Michael's Cup award.

Organized said they hope this year will be even better.

"I enthusiastically support the actions of these young adults, who are trying to promote respect not only in their school but also throughout our community," Widlitz said. "Their campaign strengthens unity, sensitivity and awareness for our entire town and I wish all the best for them."

Guilford's campaign kicked-off Monday and will run until the end of the week.

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