Denver fourth-graders start petition to end swearing

DENVER -- Usually, it’s the adults telling the kids not to swear.  But now it’s the kids scolding the adults.

Fourth-grade students at Carson Elementary School in Denver are letting adults know they don’t like our cursing.

“It honestly makes me feel uncomfortable,” a student said.

“I’ve heard adults cursing, and it really just makes me grimace,” 10-year-old Sonja Hammond-Smith said.

The class started the Bleeping Campaign to end swearing and they are getting a lot of attention.

They’ve made a website, slide show, T-shirts, posters and petitions to stop swearing at sports venues.

They are asking the stadiums to create swearing-free zones where families will feel comfortable.

“It would be much more enjoyable for everybody,” student Max Resnik said.

They haven’t seen any action yet, but the kids got the mayor’s attention on Facebook, and their teacher said they’ve learned an important lesson.

“It’s showing the students that they have a voice,” teacher Karin Larson said.

Maybe the adults are learning a lesson too.

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