Local Talent, Athletes Attend Midland Bully Project Event

Local Talent, Athletes Attend Midland Bully Project Event

By Devin Sanchez

NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Recent headlines of teen suicides, guns being brought on campuses, usually have a common denominator: bullies. To combat the problem, one group in Midland held a big anti-bully rally Monday night.

Local talent, a Harlem Globetrotter and even a former NFL football star were on hand Monday night at the Midland Center to give kids a boost in morale. The Midland Bully Project said their main goal was to bring awareness to the issue, to really focus on the family and what can be done at home.

"As a father, I think kids' insecurities, their fear start at home. Hurt people hurt people," Melvin Adams, a former Harlem Globetrotter, said.

The even also highlighted how social media played a big role in the bullying problem.

"Kids have more time on their hands and more exposure, to make things public. Not to mention, every kid has a cell phone," Leonard Larramore, former Defensive Tackle with the Buffalo Bills, said.

There were about 200 people at the event, which had a performance from local rap artist Jared Salas.

"I have a friend that committed suicide and that's why I'm so involved, so now I try to help out. If we can create change here, we can create change in schools. Kids will stop bullying each other and suicides will stop," Salas said.

The event also featured a showing of the movie "Bully."