February 24, 2011
De Soto High School psychologist Matthew Sidarous signs his name to slip of paper DHS student Lance Leichtle provided on Thursday, Feb. 24. Sidarous' signature will be added to the chain of paper rings signed by other staff and students in support of stopping the use of the word "retard." On Oct. 5, 2010, President Barack Obama signed "Rosa's Law" into effect, officially eliminating the terms "mentally retarded" and "mental retardation" from federal health, education and labor policy, however the terms are still used in a pejorative sense, something the DHS students and staff wish to change.
"I think this project is a great opportunity for students to speak out against a concern they have," Sidarous said.
Wednesday, March 2, is national Spread the Word to End the R-Word day and students hope their paper chain will reach around the student commons area by then.