Spearfish Middle School students are speaking out against a big issue in their school hallways.
Twenty-five students and the 8th grade Choir hosted a special assembly Wednesday to stress the importance of diversity and to help stop bullying.
A major focus was also directed toward stopping the use of the word 'retarded', which students say they feel is derogatory toward those with intellectual handicaps.
Students say they hope their message of acceptance makes a difference and brings hope to those who need it.
"We've suffered from suicides here in Spearfish before. I think its really important because losing lives isn't something that needs to happen. And I think kids need to know it's not a good choice or way out," said Gavin Martz, 8th grader.
"We've had that rule, 'treat people like you want to be treated', and I think people don't use that rule enough," said Teeghan Berkey, 7th grader.
South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard signed legislation Tuesday that eliminates outdated and offensive references in state law such as "mental retardation'' and "mentally retarded.''