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.