School asks girls — but not boys — to stop swearing

A Catholic school in New Jersey asked its female students to take a no-cursing pledge, but did not request the same pledge from male students.

An N.J. school is trying to eliminate foul language — but only among its female students.

The Record reported that female students at Queen of Peace High School, a Catholic school in North Arlington, N.J., were asked to take a no-cursing pledge on Feb. 1. The male students were not.

According to the newspaper, Lori Flynn, the teacher responsible for the pledge, said girls were asked to take the pledge and boys were not because "we want ladies to act like ladies." Boys were asked not to swear "in the presence of ladies."

According to The Record, Brother Larry Lavalle, the school's principal, added that girls have the foulest language.

The Record said that while many girls were annoyed by the double standard, they were also willing to take the month-long pledge.

NBC reported that the push for clean language was timed to fall during Catholic Schools Week and Valentine's Day — the school hopes to promote "old-fashioned romance." It promised lollipops as rewards to students who are successful.

NBC said the school is banking on the girls' improved manners to rub off on the boys.

The Record said girls took the oath in school Friday, raising their right hands and saying, "I do solemnly swear not to use profanities of any kind within the walls and properties of Queen of Peace High School. In other words, I swear not to swear. So help me God."

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