Girls (not boys) take no-cursing pledge

A Catholic high school in New Jersey has asked girls to take a “no-cursing” pledge, reports NBC. Boys have been asked not to swear when girls are within earshot.

School officials want “ladies to act like ladies,” said Lori Flynn, a Queen of Peace High teacher who organized the campaign.

Brother Larry Lavallee, the school’s principal, says girls use the foulest language.

. . . Dana Cotter, 16, thought that male students should join the pledge because “boys should be more like gentlemen.”

Teachers said they hoped that if the girls focused on cleaning up their speech on campus for a month, their improved manners would take hold and rub off on the boys. They timed the initiative to Catholic Schools Week and the old-fashioned romance of Valentine’s Day, promising lollipops as rewards and handing out pins showing a red slash through a pair of pink lips.

Nicholas Recarte, 16, said, “It’s unattractive when girls have potty mouths.”  But Recarte, a pitcher on the school baseball team, said “he can’t help shouting obscenities” when things go wrong in a game.

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  1. I spend much of my day asking my students to watch their language.

  2. I feel bad for the teacher who had what she thought was a sweet February idea– and now finds the whole matter taken out of context and showing up all over the internet.

    • The students will rapidly learn (assuming they’re employable after high school) that having a foul mouth in the workplace is usually in violation of company policies for persons who have daily contact with the public.

      Working in I.T. (back room or stuffed in offices away from the public), the four letter word is heard on a periodic basis from various people, usually when we can’t figure something out, or something breaks down 🙂

  3. I’d like to return to the dinosaur era when kids dressed and behaved appropriately, OR ELSE, and had parents who did their jobs. Clean language and decent manners were minimums.

    • momof4, those days (unfortunately) are long gone from our schools. I mean, we had standards even in the late 70’s when attending high school. None of the ‘casual’ clothing or styles which pass for ‘acceptable’ on campus today would ever be allowed by parents back then.


  4. Richard Aubrey says:

    graduated HS in ’62. Dated a Swiss exchange student. She wrote later that, in her college English class, she had remarked that American men don’t swear. Turns out she was wrong. Her prof told her American men didn’t swear in front of women.
    I fail to recall any serious effects from such gendered oppression.