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Anti-Bullying Message From Former Pro Wrestler Urges Neosho Students to Make Good Choices


A school presentation urges Neosho students to make good choices.
          It comes as area school districts are being directed by the State of Missouri Department of Education to come up with plans to prevent and react to teen suicides and often bullying can be a factor.
Today, one man’s personal message had an impact on students.


How are you being treated?" asked Marc Mero.  The former WWE Champion wrestler really wanted to know because as he explained to junior high students in Neosho Tuesday morning, he was bullied as a kid because he was poor and wore old clothes. 

"Please, please know you are not alone and you matter so much," urged the impassioned Mero. It was a message Savannah Ledford needed to hear. She explained,
After hearing from him and hearing his experience, I realize Im not the only  one who went through it. And I have other people I can speak to."

Ledford said many youngsters  like herself consider suicide.
"One of my friends committed suicide and it was really hard to see her family go through that,
said Ledford. I knew i couldnt let my family go through that."

Mero, loudly into his microphone told students, "Nobody has the right to belittle you, hurt you, punch you, cyberbully you."

8th grade student Hope Miksell agreed and said, "They need to learn that words do hurt. And that what you say does matter."

Mero shared how even after gaining fame and fortune as a pro wrestler, he lost it all partying with drugs. His message to kids was you are defined by your  choices, particularly in friends.

Mero said,  "I  learned the hard way. We become what we surround ourselves with. Your friends are like elevators. They either take you up or they take you down."

He also showed  a death list. A list of his friends who died making bad choices.

Jakobe Harris, also in 8th grade said the presentation helped bring understand that rich or poor people have troubles.
If  everybody goes through struggles we all need to learn something from this cause nobody's better than anybody else," said Harris.
Hope Miksell added, "We do need kids to change with social media. We need more positivity. I believe kids can change they just need  support from others.

Mero, who has lost both parents to smoking related illnesses, a sister to cancer and a brother to a fall injury,  called on students to reach out to those they love and tell them how important they are.

Hope admitted she
s now, "More inspired to talk to my family more."

And Savannah agreed,
It makes me want to talk  more and connect with my parents. And make sure I listen to them.  It makes me want to tell my sisters that I can try my best.  

When asked abut bullying and suicide being issues that often go together.  Mero agree and said communication and talking about them  is a key to a solution.  "When you hold inside adversity or being bullied or abuse, when you hold on to a pain or trauma in your life  and talk to nobody, it
s like a volcano.  Sooner or later that volcano erupts mostly in negative behavior."
Students not only applauded mero but lined up to visit and take photos  with him after the presentation.
He told us,  "I hope my heartbreak is their wake up call."

Mero often hears from parents after doing school visits and said, I get so many letters from parents that kids  come home and tell them  how much they love them. A funny one from woman, whose daughter came home and said I want to start having dinner with you and dad,  shes being nice  to her little brother.  What did you say? And seeing letters like that touch my heart.

He welcomes contact from students and parents and is available on facebook:



and his website:


The presentation was arranged  by the Newton county coalition and school wellness coordinator Sarah Swearingen. 

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