Two New Mexico high school footballers have established a program to help out young victims of bullying. And their presence alone alleviates much of the problem.
Hobbs High School’s Chris Kuykendall had heard about a local kindergartner who would throw up every morning before school due to anguish over the constant harassment from his classmates.
Kuykendall set up a time to have lunch with the boy, reports America Now, and once the bullies saw the two palling around, the torment ceased.
From the report:
Chris said he was a victim of bullying when he was younger. When he heard about a 5-year-old boy who would throw up every morning before school because of bullying, Chris said he knew he had to do something.
“It just hit home,” Chris said on The Meredith Vieira Show. “I remembered how I felt when I was getting bullied. It just fired me up. I wanted to change that right then and there. I didn’t want him to go another day, wake up another day, feeling like he didn’t need to go to school.” …
“After we had lunch, his mom kept up with us and just told (us) he’s doing a lot better,” Chris said. “He was ready to go to school, playing on the playground. It opened him up.”
Brevin [Young], Chris’s teammate, was moved by Chris’s actions. Together, they started the Eagle Buddies, an organization that pairs athletes with kids who are victims of bullying.