WWE hosts a Be a STAR rally at Samuel Gompers Middle School: photos
The Prime Time Players kick off the Be a STAR rally.
Hundreds of students donned their new Be a STAR T-shirts for the special event.
WWE announcer Josh Mathews welcomes the kids on behalf of WWE and the Creative Coalition.
WWE Executive Vice President of Creative Stephanie McMahon talks about the importance of the Be a STAR anti-bullying Alliance.
McMahon asks how many of the students and guests in attendance have been bullied.
She tells the kids that they are not alone, and WWE is there to help.
Darren Young tells a personal story about bullying: "I had a speech impediment. I had a stuttering problem. I got the help I needed and I didn’t let that stop me from achieving my dreams of being a WWE Superstar."
Titus O’Neil speaks candidly about his difficult childhood and how a mentor steered him in the right direction.
"He told me he believed in me. He believed I wasn’t a dumb kid like people tried to play me off as, so I started getting more involved in my schoolwork."
"If you have any type of disability, don’t sell yourself short. Be the best you can be. You guys are the future," Young says.
"I’m no different than you guys. The only difference I made, that a lot of you have the opportunity to make is to say, 'I can and I will,' despite what you have to go through, despite who tells you what you can’t do. You can and you will," O'Neil says.
Actor Ryan Ochoa talks to the kids about the importance of standing up to bullies and telling a trusted adult.
"This whole Be a STAR campaign is not just about bullying. It's really about how you should live your life. You should be a star," O'Neil encourages the kids.