NEWARK, N.J. — WWE hosted a Be a STAR anti-bullying rally at Elliott Street Elementary School Thursday as part of WrestleMania Week in New York and New Jersey!
Daniel Bryan, Hornswoggle and announcer Josh Mathews hosted the event for more than 150 students in third and fourth grade. Other special guests included comedian Gabriel Iglesias. (PHOTOS)
The Superstars talked to the WWE Universe about the different forms of bullying, such as cyber, physical and verbal, and encouraged everyone in attendance to Be a STAR by not being bystanders and by standing up to bullies.
Hornswoggle shared his own story of how he was bullied as a child, urging the students to take action.
"If you see a friend getting bullied, stand up for them," he said. "Don't be a bystander."
Daniel Bryan talked about cyberbullying and how to combat it.
"Don't forward it. Don't send it to anybody," he said. "Don't respond. That gives the bully power. "
The WWE Tag Team Champion also had a bit of advice for the kids that he created himself.
"When it comes to bullying, do what I do on TV and say 'No! No! No!' "
The Superstars also led the audience in the Be a STAR Pledge.
One out of every four children is bullied, and a child is bullied every seven minutes. 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 25,000 people who have taken the Be a STAR pledge online at community.wwe.com/diversity.
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 the Be a STAR Facebook page and check out Be a STAR on Twitter @beastaralliance. Also on community.wwe.com/diversity, take the official Be a STAR pledge and download a free Be a STAR teacher’s aide and Be a STAR toolkit to start your own local chapter.