No Effing Way: South Pasadena Is A Cuss-Free Zone

No Effing Way: South Pasadena Is A Cuss-Free Zone

Grace Shu
Mar 18, 2008

Visitors and residents of South Pas, get ready to curb your language! Thanks to 14-year-old McKay Hatch, South Pasadena is now a cuss-free zone. What does that mean exactly? Well, if you throw an f-bomb out in public, it won't guarantee you a spot in the city jail; but it will earn you quite a few dirty looks from residents who are trying to "keep the city clean."

McKay Hatch is a student at South Pasadena High School, and founder of the No Cussing Club. What started out as a high school organization grew into a 50-member club and has now expanded to a society of around 10,000 members with chapters in several states and countries. Their hope is to not only curb naughty language, but to improve the quality of life: there may be less violence if people just behave better. "You have to start with the little things," Hatch reasons.

Hatch considers his greatest achievement to be getting his hometown of South Pasadena to become a cuss-free zone. But then again, he's only 14...

What do you think about this movement? Do you think it can be effective in cities?

For more information about the No Cussing Club, check out their website here.

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