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Respect rallies held at schools to help change attitudes

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Student organizers are handing out wristbands to everyone who takes the pledge to show respect . (MTN News photo) Student organizers are handing out wristbands to everyone who takes the pledge to show respect . (MTN News photo)
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Schools across the state are following up the recent Winter Games for Special Olympics by holding RESPECT rallies.

Wednesday students at Chief Joseph Middle School in Bozeman gathered to show their support for their fellow students with special needs.  Teachers are using these events to help educate students on replacing a negative “R” word with the word respect.

Skye Moore, a student at the school, explained it this way, “We thought it was important for everyone in school to respect everyone.  No matter who they are, or where they come from or what’s their background.”

Students are asked to take a pledge to change their vocabulary when talking about people with physical or mental disabilities. 

One of the speakers at the event, Aston, explained what he has experienced in school, “:  First through fifth grade, I have been bullied many times.   I've been pushed, kicked in the head, called names.”

Student organizers are handing out wristbands to everyone who takes the pledge to show respect and as Britlyn Mailey explains, “We need to make people understand that this isn't OK.  And I felt like the people that were doing it now understand.”

The Chief Joseph Middle School knitting club also made hats and scarves for all students with developmental or intellectual disabilities.

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