KCTV 5WWE wrestlers take a stand against bullying
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) –
Bullying in school has been a national problem for sometime, but there is a group doing all they can to try and put a stop to it, and they are calling upon some pretty big stars to help.
Sometimes the biggest messages actually do come in the biggest packages.
"I was always one of the smarter kids … I got really good grades … people would pick on me and call me a nerd," said WWE wrestler David Otunga.
Two superstars of the WWE were in Kansas City on Monday pushing a message that people might not expect from a pro wrestler: wrestling is entertainment, and in real life people should never be a bully.
"It is not acceptable … it won't be tolerated and the effects of bullying can really, really harm," said WWE wrestler Natalya "Diva Natalya" Neidhart.
The idea is called "be a STAR," teaching kids to show tolerance and to respect others.
"We are telling them, 'hey look, bulling is bad, and it is not something you should do.' These are characters we play on TV," said Otunga.
It is a national push to stop bulling in school, and the group says hopefully the message is a stronger one coming from pro wrestling stars.
One student asked, if as wrestlers are they bullies.
"That is on the show. In real life: No. I am kind of a nice guy. I don't really bully people," said Otunga.
"Everybody may be afraid to talk about bullying, but if they see a famous person or somebody they admire talk about bullying they can come out of their shell and say 'I have been bullied before,'" said eighth grader Monteen Simmons.
"I learned that just because you are being bullied doesn't mean that you can't come out and say something to somebody," said seventh grader Alyshia Johnson.
For more information on bullying in school, click here.
The WWE is in Kansas City on Monday night taping one of their Monday Night Raw shows at the Sprint Center.
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