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Students act on R word at Nike

Forest Grove High attends summit in Beaverton, where bullying is a topic


Forty students from Forest Grove High School traveled to Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton last Wednesday to be part of the Nike Youth Leadership Summit funded by Project UNIFY, part of Special Olympics.

Fifteen of the students, members of FGHS' Unified Theatre group, performed an original play, entitled "Law & Order Special 'R' Word Unit," written by John Anderberg, an instructional assistant and football coach at the school.

"We had about 15 minutes for the play, and 15 minutes for questions and answers," Anderberg said of the event. The play's script included a scene in which audience members were asked to render judgment on a "prisoner" who'd been apprehended for using the word "retarded."

The audience "returned a very rousing 'guilty' verdict," Anderberg said.

Jill Hertel, activities director at FGHS, said Project UNIFY approached her last spring after Unified Theatre performed "Marked," another original piece about bullying that included stories from students and staff.

"They asked us to do something on bullying and the use of the 'R' word," noted Hertel.

Another showing of "Law & Order" will take place at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 for high school students and interested community members in the Ellen Stevens Auditorium at FGHS, 1401 Nichols Lane.

And, Anderberg said, Unified Theatre students are planning to present another play in April 2012 for the school's student body.




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