Bullying is a pretty big thing with today’s kids. Now I’ll be honest, I don’t understand it fully, I quite honestly was the bully when I was a kid. I was never bullied myself. So a lot of times, I just don’t get how this whole ‘bullying’ thing has gone from kids being kids, to kids committing suicide. In my mind, it used to be just that. Kids will be kids, suck it up and stick up for yourself!
I have changed my mind a bit though, I’ve had my own daughter come to me with some ‘bullying’ issues and as a mother it hurts to hear that you’re child isn’t friends with everyone, it hurts to hear that your child is hurting because of the things another child is doing. That’s why I’m so happy to see corporations like the WWE stepping up and trying to inform kids and parents about the dangers of bullying.
At first, I really didn’t see the whole thing, WWE encouraging ANTI-Bullying? Isn’t that what they do on a constant basis? Don’t they beat each other up? Don’t they antagonize each other? Make fun of each other, get on each other… BULLY each other? Sure they do, but there’s a difference. They’re also looked up to by children, so when they’re NOT in character, they can help out a ton to have kids understand, what they do is entertainment, who they are are real people who as kids also suffered from being bullied.
The Be A STAR campaign really has opened my eyes, especially after seeing it in person, first hand. My daughters school was lucky enough to have WWE and the Be A STAR campaign come to their school last week when WWE Smackdown was in town. We were also lucky enough to have the current World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus come speak with the kids!
Sheamus spoke from the heart, he himself has had issues with bullies in the past as a child. Often made fun of he said because of his pale skin, freckles and red hair. He let the kids know, it’s not ok to do, how it hurts and what they can do about it. He also answered a few questions from the kids, mostly bullying related but with a few wrestling questions in there as well, such as “Are You Afraid Of John Cena?”.
The kids had a blast, and honestly with me being in the 1st grade classroom every day, I can tell you the message they try to get across to the kids, actually DOES work. While reading a story the other day, there was a character that was being a bully. The kids started shouting “Don’t Be A Bully, Be A STAR!” and this isn’t the only time I’ve heard it either.
For those who have the same thoughts as I used to have, for those who think it’s odd for WWE to be rallying around an anti-bullying campaign, I can tell you first hand, it really does work, and they really do make a difference coming to talk to those kids! Having a 6’4” muscle bound man, talking to them about how he used to be bullied, and how you can change and stop the bullying in school, really does stick in their heads!
I want to give a HUGE thank you to the WWE and Sheamus for coming out to our school, you truly made a difference and helped these kids think twice about bullying!
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May 8, 2012 – 5:10 PM - | Posted in daily life, Wrestling, WWE | 4 Comments »