Globetrotter Talks About Preventing Bullying At Memphis School

(Memphis) Hundreds of children at Hickory Hill Elementary School heard from a big star Wednesday with a big message.

A Harlem Globetrotter stopped by, spreading the message to take a stand against bullying.

The children got to take away an autographed certificate to remind them what they learned: The ABCs of preventing bullying.

It’s easy to hear a message, when it comes from a basketball player, 6’2, with tricks up his sleeve.

“Buckets” with the Harlem Globetrotters told the students what he knows about bullying, even his own experience with it.

“They said another joke about me and everybody started laughing,” said Anthony Blakes, AKA Buckets.

He told children it’s all about taking action by telling an adult, showing bravery by walking away and having compassion by reaching out to others.

“Being compassionate is all about being a friend.”

He also let them know, you don’t have to be a famous ball player to have friends.

“Surround yourself with like-minded students, students who have the same interests as you.”

Buckets says there’s no better group than the Globetrotters to speak on the topic, since the team was bullied decades ago.

“The Globetrotters were not allowed to play in white-only basketball leagues in the late 20s and early 30s and now basketball is now one of the most integrated sports in the world because of the globetrotters breaking down that barrier.”

Buckets says this was the Globetrotters first school visit in 2014. Last year they stopped by more than 400 schools!

Of course, the team has a show this Saturday in Memphis at the FedEx Forum.

2 comments

  • GloriaR

    Songs can help young children learn about kindness and tolerance.
    The song “Be a Buddy, not a Bully” can be heard on YouTube:

  • Alan M. Davick, M.D. - Behavioral/Developmental Pediatrician

    Bullying rarely travels alone. By that I mean bullies generally have associated mental health issues, some of which are learned and others of which are inherited. When a child is identified as a bully, underlying “conditions” should be investigated before strategies are imposed because the bully may not be able to make better behavioral choices without managing the “condition” first.
    Victims are usually chosen for a reason. Usually the reason is the bully detects a vulnerability. Vulnerabilities may include mental health issues, physical differences or merely the absence of a protective herd effect from friendships – like a new arrival in the community.
    Once mental health issues and “conditions” have been managed or eliminated, bullies’ misbehavior can be redirected using various disciplinary models. Likewise, victim can be “immunized” against bullying once vulnerabilities have been eliminated or managed.

    Alan M. Davick, M.D.
    Behavioral-Developmental Pediatrician
    http://www.miskidding.com

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