Pikeville, N.C. — Wayne County commissioners voted Tuesday to declare Nov. 5 as “No Cussing Day,” in response to a request from two area high school students.
Brooke Jackson and Kathleen Doughty, seniors at Charles B. Aycock High School, are enrolled in a strategic marketing class and were assigned to create a public relations project to create awareness of a cause, according to a Wayne County press release.
The two students chose to create awareness of how acceptable it has become for people to cuss.
"They believe that cussing has become more and more accepted in today’s society, whether it is through music, movies, television and even in everyday use," according to the press release.
"Jackson and Doughty said that the words we use affect how we feel about ourselves, how others react to us and how others feel about themselves," the press release continued. "They also said that our words truly shape our world and cussing may give a bad impression, set bad examples and reduce the respect others may have for you."
In the proclamation, the commissioners encouraged the youth and all the citizens of Wayne County to remember the following:
Your words become your thoughts.
Your thoughts become your behavior.
Your behavior becomes your character.
Your character becomes your destiny.