Middletown, CT- (WTNH) Over a hundred students from Middletown area schools joined together in a bully free rally at Middlesex Community College to stand up to all mean-spirited behavior. The “no bully zone program” is made possible thanks to a group of Middlesex county business owners.
David Director is the brainchild of the “no bully zone” project. Director said that it is important business owners help the younger generation. “As business owners I think it is really important. These are our future employees and neighbors and citizens. Someone needs to make a difference, ” expressed Director.
Donny Marshall who is a former UCONN and NBA Basketball Star is making a difference. He shared his personal story with students and said he was bullied in school. “I think a lot of kids today see professional athletes and professionals on television and think everything is great. They think we have a perfect life, that we drive nice cars and live in nice houses but what they don’t understand is that we were affected by a lot of things that they are affected by,” said Marshall.
In a show of unity students pledged to stand up to bullies and sported shirts with the slogan, “I’ve got your back.” Student, Malysa Rivera who has been bullied said, “It’s about not being afraid of bullies and standing up for yourself and other victims. It is where you are not afraid to make a change.” Marshall expressed that students need to feel safe on and off campus. “There are people out there that you can talk to. Don’t be afraid that you are not cool because you can’t tell a teacher or a big brother or sister or even a friend and let people understand this is happening before it gets to a point it is too late,” said Marshall.