Inspirational man empowers kids to curb bullying

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- It wasn't your average school assembly today at Independence Middle School. The seventh- and eighth-graders heard a message they may carry with them for the rest of their lives.

Thirty-one-year-old Nick Vujicic is from Australia. There is no medical explanation for why he was born with no limbs but he has never let the fact he has no arms or legs prevent him from reaching his goals and dreaming big.

For the past few years Nick has taken his message around the world to 50 countries empowering kids to be who they are and show compassion to one another. His talk often centers around suicide.

"When I was 8, I thought my life was not worth living. When I was 10, I actually had no hope," he told 325 students.

He then asked them to bow their head and raise their arm up. Then he asked them how many had thought about suicide and asked them to put their hand in a fist if they had. Thirty-five of them did. Seven of them had actually attempted suicide.

He told them his story and how he had to deal with bullies too.

His speaking events are part of his Stand Strong campaign to end bullying and teen suicide. After speaking in more than 800 schools, he's found that 40 percent of students consider suicide because of bullying.

He'll be back in Ohio in October speaking to more schools and hopes to reach half a million students.


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