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    No cussing this week!

    Date: 03.01.10 | by Judge Tom.

    California tried to take a stand against swearing in 2010. Part of the state legislature passed a resolution in February, 2010 declaring the first week of March as “Cuss Free Week.”  The lawmakers are urging people to take the No Cussing Challenge in order to set a tone of harmony and connectedness in our communications. The message is that we should inspire ourselves to higher endeavors by cleaning up our language. However, the measure, which carried no sanctions or fines, failed to pass the Senate.

    The movement began in 2007 when 14-year-old McKay Hatch of Pasadena, California founded a No Cussing Club at his junior high school. The club’s motto was “Leave people better than you found them.”  From an initial membership of 50, the movement has grown to over 100 clubs with 35,000 online members in the U.S. and abroad.

    The Club encourages cuss-free zones and deposits of money into a jar for every violation. The donations are given to local charities. Converting bad language into charitable action reportedly raises spirits in hard times.

    For more about the Club and the Challenge, take a look at McKay’s web site:  http://nocussing.com/aboutncc.html

    and McKay’s story in our ATJ Rock Stars at:  http://askthejudge.info/14-year-old-mckay-swears-not-to-cuss/4443/

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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