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Message of 'HOPE' teaches Voorheesville kids how to combat bullies

October 07, 2019 01:30 PM

VOORHEESVILLE – In the U.S., 170,000 kids skip school every day because of fear or intimidation. That's according to the team from "Sweethearts & Heroes" who spoke with middle schoolers.

The kids learned that to help, you have about 10 seconds and that it doesn't have to be confrontational, it can just be a friendly conversation to someone who has been intimidated.

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"What we've learned is empathy has really plummeted over 40-percent in our high school to college-bound kids and that's the real thing," said Tom Murphy, a former MMA fighter turned motivational speaker. "Our message is a bystander-powerment message, it's not for a kid that's getting bullied. The truth is 96-97-percent of the time that behavior is gotten away with. But 85-percent of the time, there's other kids there."

They hold out a message of HOPE: Hold On Possibilities Exist.

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WNYT Staff

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