HELENA – Capital High Students filled the school’s gymnasium during lunch on Wednesday to help raise awareness for mental and emotional disabilities.

The local Montana Behavioral Initiative Youth Activation Committee (MBI YAC) held the RESPECT rally in conjunction with National ‘Spread The Word To End The Word‘ Day.

Over 300 students attended the rally and took the pledge to use RESPECT when referring to individuals with disabilities.

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Capital High Junior Bryana Curry says that using the R-word in a derogatory way is very disrespectful and hurts individuals with intellectual disabilities.

“We’re going to try and unify the school with kids with disabilities and kids without,” says Curry.

Curry added that everyone deserves to be treated with the same respect and by doing so it makes people feel more accepted.