UFC fighter visits New Rochelle school as part of anti-bullying campaign
A New Rochelle middle school received a special visit from a UFC star in honor of the World Day of Bullying Prevention Monday.
UFC star fighter Jimmie Rivera visited the Albert Leonard Middle School to share his experience with being bullied as both a child and adult as part of the school’s ongoing Stomp Out Bullying campaign.
For school administrators, Rivera was just the right person to drive home the Stomp Out Bullying message.
“Oftentimes we try to give messages to students, but when they see someone who's coming from their experience, it's a big deal,” says Principal John Barnes.
"It's so important for kids to understand they're not alone,” said Rivera. “Even now as a fighter, people put stuff on social media all the time."
Rivera's personal experience with bullying resonated with many students, including 11-year-old Madeline Weiss, who says she has been cyberbullied.
"I think it was a great thing, because he can show students who once felt like me that's it's OK to standup for yourself,” she said.
This year marked the fifth year that the middle school has participated in the national Stomp Out Bullying campaign.
As part of anti-bullying month, students at Albert Leonard Middle School will be participating in various events over the next few weeks to do their part to help stomp out bullying.