ORLANDO, Fla. — Nearly 1,000 students from Howard Middle School joined WWE Executive Vice President of Creative Stephanie McMahon, World Heavyweight Champion Big Show and former Divas Champions Alicia Fox and Layla at a Be a STAR anti-bullying rally Thursday afternoon. (PHOTOS)
After a warm welcome by Principal Dr. Carl Cartwright, Orlando School Board Member Nancy Robbinson and City of Orlando Commissioner Patty Sheehan, McMahon and the Superstars and Divas shared their personal stories about bullying. They encouraged the sixth, seventh and eighth graders to be a STAR by standing up to bullies and telling a parent, teacher or guardian when they're having issues with bullies. The World's Largest Athlete, Big Show, also led the students in a rousing rendition of the "Be a STAR chant."
One out of every four children is bullied, and a child is bullied every seven minutes, whether it's cyber, physical or verbal. Through WWE's campaign, children around the globe are encouraged to "Be a STAR: Show Tolerance And Respect."
For more than a year and a half, WWE Superstars and Divas have visited more than 40 schools to spread the Be a STAR message, affecting 20,000-plus children! This is in addition to the 20,000 people who have taken the Be a STAR pledge online at beastaralliance.org.
Be a STAR is made up of more than 50 alliance partners including Scholastic Inc., YMCA of America, Girl Scouts of America, GLAAD, RAINN and STOMP Out Bullying. For more information, visit beastaralliance.org, the Be a STAR Facebook page and on Twitter @beastaralliance. Also, log on to beastaralliance.org to take the official Be a STAR pledge and to download a free Be a STAR teacher's aide and Be a STAR toolkit to start your own local chapter.