Female Students of Queen of Peace High School in North Arlington, New Jersey took a pledge last week not to swear for the month of February. In addition to the pledge, female students of the Catholic high school were given pins that pictured lips with a slash through the image to wear. The male students were not asked to participate in the pledge.
"I do solemnly promise not to use profanities of any kind within the walls and properties of Queen of Peace High School," begins the pledge. "In other words, I swear not to swear. So help me God."
The teacher who launched the civility campaign, Lori Flynn, told the Record that the motivation for the no cursing pledge was simple: "We want ladies to act like ladies." While the boys of Queen of Peace were not asked to participate in the month-long pledge, they were asked not to swear when in front of their female peers.
Media Resources: ABC News 2/2/2013; The Record 2/2/2013; The Philadelphia Inquirer 2/4/2013
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