LA MIRADA (CBS) — Congresswoman Linda Sánchez is teaming up with WWE Superstars to tackle bullying.
Sánchez joined the WWE and the Creative Coalition to participate in an anti-bullying rally Thursday at Los Coyotes Middle School in La Mirada.
The mission of the “be a STAR” anti-bullying campaign, which stands for ‘Show Tolerance And Respect,’ is to ensure a positive and equitable social environment for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation through grassroots efforts beginning with education and awareness.
WWE Superstar The Miz said he had to deal with bullies in the past.
“I remember when I was in school, and I never liked being bullied,” the WWE wrestler said. “I never liked people telling me that I couldn’t do something. It made me feel afraid to go to school.”
“be a STAR” is intended to promote positive methods of social interaction and encourage people to treat others as equals and with respect because everyone is a star in their own right.
“Every seven minutes a child is bullied. It’s time to stop that clock,” said CEO of The Creative Coalition Robin Bronk. “We’re proud to be an architect with WWE of ‘be a STAR’. The Creative Coalition’s role is to employ the arts as a powerful resource in the “toolbox” to combat the bullying epidemic. We hope to use the unique platforms of the entertainment industry to encourage and reach children across the country to stand up to bullying.”
Last year, Congresswoman Sánchez introduced The Safe Schools Improvement Act to provide schools with the resources needed to prevent school bullying and reduce the rising drop-out rate.
“It increases depression rates, dropout rates among kids that are bullied,” Sánchez said. “Also, for the kid that does the bullying who is not stopped, there’s a very close correlation with them becoming adult career criminals.”
To learn more about the “be a STAR” campaign, click here.