LDS California Teenager Starts the No Cussing Club
The Editors

Most of us lament the coarsening of our culture, but two years ago, McKay Hatch, an LDS seventh grader in California actually did something about it. He formed the No Cussing Club, which now has gone on to have over 30,000 members in all 50 states and in 30 countries, including Argentina and the United Kingdom.

His idea caught the attention of Michael D. Antonovich, a member of the Board of Supervisors of Los Angeles County, who sponsored a proclamation declaring March 2-6 as “no cussing week” to support the idea.

That follows on the heels of his hometown being declared a no-cussing zone last year in March, and McKay’s dream is to try to get California to have a cuss-free week.

His idea has put him in the media spotlight several times as he has appeared on “The Tonight Show,” Fox News, “Good Morning America” and “Dr. Phil.” Some of these appearances are available on his website at where he invites others to take the pledge and join the club.

Some reporters have been surprised that anybody can actually get along without cussing. One reporter asked McKay, “What do you say when you get mad. ?” He answered, “Ouch or darn or whatever.” She responded incredulously, “That works for you?”

Some have called him a “young Quixote” sparring with “linguistic windmills”.

He tells his story on his website:

“A lot of kids at my school, and some of my friends, would cuss and use dirty language all the time.  They did it so much, they didn’t even realize they were doing it.  It bothered me so much that one day I challenged them to stop!  They were shocked.  They didn’t know that it was bothering me.  They didn’t even realize how much they were doing it until I said something.  I was actually surprised at how they reacted; they accepted my No Cussing Challenge.  But some of the kids said they didn’t know how to stop.  That’s when I started the No Cussing Club.

“We could help each other by reminding and supporting each other not to cuss.  Word spread at my school and a month later the No Cussing Club had 50 members.