WINDSOR, Conn. (WTNH) — Students at Windsor High School got a lesson in how to prevent bullying Friday from a gold medal winning Olympic athlete.
Moushaumi Robinson has been sprinting for 13 years. She won a gold medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics. Robinson is also a high school teacher and U.S. ambassador with the “Hurt No More” campaign, an empathy-based bully prevention program. Robinson is teaching compassion to kids at Windsor high.
“Have a good group of friends, support one another,” Robinson said. “Do the positive things; you know, go to school, be respectful to authority, try to encourage inclusion to all students. If you see someone down, pat them on the back. Ask them how their day is going.”
Robinson says she knows what kids are going through and hopes to combat bullying in schools.
“Sometimes we just need someone to standup and say ‘hey don’t do that’, or say ‘don’t say that’ or ‘that’s not nice’, or just say ‘hey, we’re not going to take it anymore. What do you need from me? Why don’t we try to be friends as opposed to being at odds with one another.”
Windsor high student athletes say on and off the field they’ve seen their classmates bullied. They tell us Robinson’s message is empowering.
“Her being a teacher makes me feel like there are people that care,” Windsor High student Astryd Lewis said. “Her coming from a school, seeing students go through things and not just going home and ignoring it; so it makes me feel safer, but then it also makes me feel I should get out and do something ’cause she said young people can move mountains.”
“Bullying goes on even on the field,” student Courtney Rush said. “Trash talking people, going back and forth, but if you are the player that tuns the other cheek and gets them on the track or on the field you will defiantly be respected more.”
Robinson has a message for students. “What I really try to push into them is to just look inside themself and love what they love about themselves no matter what anyone says. Because as we know, everyone’s not going to like you, everyone’s not going to be your friend, but we can all respect one another.”