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Marc Mero’s personal mission to stand up, step up and speak up against bullying culminates in his powerful Anti-Bullying and Suicide Prevention “Choices” production. Marc is no stranger to the negative impacts of bullying. In his riveting life story shared with thousands of students in schools worldwide, Marc candidly talks about how he was bullied as a youngster and also how he treated his family: “Sometimes the people you hurt the most are those who love you the most.” Marc shows how negative words and actions have the power to cause regrettable scars. Students can relate to his story and are moved to examine their own behaviors and choices.
What is Bullying?
Bullying is a form of harassment and can be defined as a willful attempt to control others through verbal abuse, exclusion, or physical violence. It occurs among children, teens and adults in multiple settings and sadly, even occurs within the family unit.
Cyberbullying is deliberate harassment using computer- and information technologies often occurring through social networking sites such as Facebook and texting on phone devices. Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photographs, primarily between mobile phones.
Repeated emotional and physical abuse can tragically lead to suicide or have life-long consequences on an individual’s self-esteem and well-being. Schools are especially challenged to address the growing issues of bullying in all its forms, and implement ways to stop it.
Straight Talk About Bullying
Principal Greg Jenne, Moravia High School Moravia, NY says…
“One of the biggest challenges I face daily is bullying. Many of the “bullies” have no idea of how much harm they cause in the lives of their victims. Marc’s presentation really packs a punch in regards to stopping bullying. The impact with our students was felt immediately. It was like a burden was lifted off of their shoulders and they were ready to get on with their lives, and together, put a stop to bullying. The presentation touches all students and staff, and takes them on a roller coaster ride of emotions, through the highs and lows of Marc’s life and career. Kudos to Marc and his staff for touching the lives of 400 students, this was the most valuable presenta
tion ever presented to our school!”
Bullying Statistics in Schools
~ Approximately 2.7 Million students are bullied by 2.1 Million students each year
~ 282,000 students are reportedly bullied in high
schools throughout the nation each month
~ 75 Percent of school shooting incidents are attributed to bullying or harassment
~ 1 In 7 students is either a bully, victim, or bully victim.
~ 1 Out Of 20 students has witnessed a student in possession of a gun at school
~ Approximately 15 Percent of absentee students miss school due to the fear of being bullied
~ 1 out of 10 students drop out of school or change schools due to bullying
Touching Hearts & Changing Minds
As Marc Mero educates students about the negative impacts of bullying and reaches them at a heart level though his own personal experiences, minds are changed, school cultures are transformed – and lives are forever touched by this 70-minute program. Following the “Choices” event, schools are provided with “Marc Mero Motivational Moments” – video spots designed to air on the school’s TV system – that reinforce positive behaviors and Anti-Bullying messages.
You can help us make a difference in your school and community by scheduling a Champion of Choices production today!
Hey marc it was so amazing to see you and how you made your living. Thanks for coming to Heritage Middle School now everyone who has been bullying are no longer bullys they stoped there rain of teror and now Heritage Middle School is a happier place!
Student ~ North Syracuse Junior HS - North Syracuse, NY
Marc Mero, I go to North Syracuse junior High School. you're presentation already made an impact on my life. Right before the presentation, I made a mistake by bullying someone. Watching and hearing you really hit me and I realized how wrong it was to bully someone.
I would never want to be the cause of someone cutting themselves, or even the cause of someones suicide. When I went to lunch, I went up to the person and told them how sorry and wrong I was to bully her. She forgave me and told me that apologizing made her day.
Thank you for making an impact on my life!
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