HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — It was an exciting day at Weatherly Heights Elementary School on Wednesday. Hammer Harrison with the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters stopped by to say hello to some students and share a very important message.
Harrison spoke to students about the “ABC’s of Bullying Prevention.” It’s a program designed by the Globetrotters to help lower violence and bullying among America’s youth.
“We really want to drive it home to make sure these kids understand that it’s a major problem,” said Harrison. “As Globetrotters, we are ambassadors and we need to bring awareness to this issue.”
Harrison said his position as a public figure allows him to be a positive influence on students. That’s a statement Weatherly Heights Elementary counselor Julie Kastanakis agrees with.
“It’s really important for these kids to hear it not just from us,” said Kastanakis. “They need to hear it not just from teachers and parents but from people they look up to like these sports stars.”
Kastanakis says she believes it’s vital to start anti-bullying programs and curriculum at a young age.
“If these kids can learn to not be a bystander and to stand up for each other at this age, then hopefully it’ll generalize and by middle school and high school, it’ll be something that comes naturally for them,” Kastinakis said.