Everyone's heard the saying “sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.”
But just read the headlines and you will find that a young teenager has committed suicide as the result of being teased and called names or that someone has killed another person because they were told something negative, they looked different or because of their religion, race or sexual orientation.
“Kids are killing each other over their differences,” The Scary Guy told a group of high school students.
It happens around the world every day and The Scary Guy is someone who is trying to spread the message about eliminating hate, prejudice and violence. He takes his message to schools, churches and corporations around the world.
The Scary Guy (yes that is his legal name) visited Lewis-Palmer School District 38 high school and middle school students recently. During the two-day assemblies he talked to students about how to eliminate prejudice from their lives and when someone says something negative about them it is really a reflection of the person saying the words. He said people can't make other people change but they can take control and not become the negative words that are spoken to them.
“You create you. You are responsible for all the words you hear. Just because a human being speaks negative words does not mean you have to become them,” The Scary Guy said to students at Lewis-Palmer Middle School.
He told high school students during an assembly at Lewis-Palmer High School people call each other names and that leads to slander and if left unchecked it can lead to violence.
The Scary Guy challenged students to take part in his seven day, seven night challenge where they will refrain from saying anything about another human being for seven days.
“It might be the most difficult seven days,” he said.
The Scary Guy, born Earl Kaufmann, has been on a mission to eliminate hate prejudice and violence for 15 years. The former tattoo artist knows all about prejudice. At a young age he would say mean things to people to make himself feel better. As the years went by he became the victim of prejudice after having his body, including his face, covered in tattoos and body piercings. People would judge him based on his tattoos.
A reporter wrote an article about him and referred to him as The Scary Guy in the article. That left him hurt and offended and started him on the road to spread his message. Eventually he legally changed his name.
Seann O'Connor, principal of LPMS, said the teachers will continue the program with a curriculum from The Scary Guy.
“We have to continue to keep (the message) in their minds,” O'Connor said.
For more information on The Scary Guy and his programs visit http://thescaryguy.com.