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YOUR TURN: The power of a word

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Lee Meredith, WMC-TV general manager Lee Meredith, WMC-TV general manager

This week's "Your Turn" segment comes from KPLC-TV, our sister station in Lake Charles, LA. The speaker is 9-year-old Madison Johnson. The commentary was written in the wake of the suicide of young girl in the Lake Charles area who was bullied in person and online. Here's Madison Johnson:

Hi, I'm Madison Johnson and I'm nine-years-old.

"Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me."

As a nine-year-old, this is a phrase I have heard several times on the playground at my local elementary school. I think that the famous quote should say, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names and words will hurt me."

Name-calling, sarcasm, insults and negative words all will carry a sting of their own. Sometimes this sting is long lasting.

Studies show that over 70 percent of people today have low self esteem because while growing up they heard negative words spoken over them.

My cousin Jade remembers the day that her 3rd grade teacher said that when she laughed she sounded like a hyena. Because of what her teacher said that day she didn't laugh out loud until the end of her teenage years. The power of a word.

Our words have the power to make a person feel like something or make them feel like nothing.

Our words when spoken positively can have a life changing effect on other. The power of a word.

I challenge you to begin to use your words wisely, choose to build others up and not tear them down, speak words of life over your friends, families, loved ones.

This world can be a better place using the power of a word.

Thank you.

That's Madison Johnson's turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment or anything else, email or call 800-465-1210.

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