The good news for anyone facing bullying is there's an effective way to fight back — and it doesn't involve fighting at all.
“The Scary Guy,” who has presented anti-bullying programs across the country, will bring his message to Big Spring High School's auditorium at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The event is free to the public.
“The Scary Guy is a unique blend of comedian, philosopher and educator,” a Big Spring Independent School District spokesperson said. “In the last decade on the road, he has worked with schools, police forces, military, and a host of communities and corporate organizations — helping more than 7 million people around the world to achieve personal peace and triumph in their lifetime.”
Despite standing 6 feet tall with a face covered in tattoos, Scary (who was born Dec. 29, 1953, in Minnesota as Earl Kenneth Kaufmann) has a message that's anything but, well, scary.
During his talk, he will present strategies for how parents can support their children in the face of the negative energy and behavior their child may experience from others around them.
The Scary Guy’s program to eliminate hate, violence, and prejudice includes his “seven day and seven night challenge.” Simply put, he challenges his audience to refrain from using insulting or threatening language for an entire week.
“The foundation for creating a lasting resolution for the issues of name-calling and bullying resides in teaching every child to know how to process what they see and hear from others – in contrast to reacting to it, becoming it, or living with the destruction of that negative energy in some format,” he said.
“He delivers a powerful wake-up call, when he teaches how every person can take full responsibility for all of their own behavior in the form of words and actions,” the spokesperson said. “Scary will examine words as energy, teaching students exactly how to process negative ones… without becoming negative to do so.”
For more information on Tuesday's presentation, contact BSISD at 264-3600.