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AHS student council to sponsor anti-bullying program

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 16th, 2013

The Scary Guy

AMBOY - Bullying and teen suicide are topics frequently making the headlines these days. Even in rural areas such as Lee County, young people may find themselves victimized by bullying and not know where to turn. Understandably, communities are becoming increasingly concerned. Parents and schools may try to help but often their efforts do little to change the behavior of bullies or the emotional distress caused by bullying. So, what can be done?

A group of Amboy High School students hope that someone called “The Scary Guy” may have an answer. The AHS student council is sponsoring this highly regarded motivational speaker in August, shortly after school starts. Although the school has approved the speaker and program, it is not being funded by the school district. Instead, the students have taken it on as a community-driven project with funding coming from various local businesses, agencies and individuals. As yet, they have not reached their goal to pay for the program and the students hope the community will come through with enough donations to cover the cost.

Who is The Scary Guy?

The Scary Guy has one mission: “The total elimination of hate, violence and prejudice worldwide.” According to his website, this was Scary’s stated goal when he began his mission in 1998. Since then, he has worked with over 7 million people around the world promoting peace through the teaching of love and acceptance of all people. His audience consists of both youth and adults . . . unaware of how they are using negative energy to meet their needs.

What does he do?

In contrast to other “anti-bullying” philosophies that attempt to separate out the victim and the bully, Scary believes that “everybody is involved at some level in producing, receiving or watching negative energy occur in the form of words and actions.” In his program, the underlying behaviors for the negative energy are identified and he teaches people to not live as victims of what they see and hear from others “without becoming negative or using anger, hate or violence to achieve that.” He believes that people have the power to create change in their own world through taking full responsibility for all of their own behavior in the form of words and actions as energy.

The Scary Guy is scheduled to arrive in Amboy the last week of August. He will spend some time mingling with local residents during Depot Days and then will present two days of programs for middle school and high school students, teachers and administrators. On the final evening, the entire community will be invited and encouraged to attend a free program as well.

So far, supporters include the Lee County Fraternal Order of Police, Amboy Fire Department, United Way of Dixon, Depot Days Car Show, Depot Days Committee, Vaessen Brothers Chevrolet, Sublette Toy Show, La Fiesta, Sublette Fire Department, Folsoms Bakery and other anonymous donors.

In addition, a fundraiser will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 18 at La Fiesta in Sublette with proceeds going toward the program.

Anyone interested in helping the students reach their goal by donating to this community program is asked to call (815) 849-5001 for more information.

For the complete article see the 07-17-2013 issue.

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