Wednesday, October 26, 2011
A street-smart cop is taking his experiences around the country in order to counsel students about the dangerous consequences of bullying.
Lieutenant Joe Schillaci is known across the country as one of the detectives on A&E's hit television show The First 48. Wednesday, he spread his word to 8th graders at Hutchinson Middle School.
"It just isn't a fun topic because it really hurts some people's feelings," said Brendon Lanker, who struggled to find words to even discuss the topic.
Schillaci, however, doesn't mince words at all as he speaks to the hundreds of kids about how their words can hurt for a long, long time.
"Words are just as destructive as if they were to get punched, kicked, stabbed or shot. Ultimately, it's the words that lead to that," Schillaci said.
Schillaci tells them the story of a 13 year-old girl who shot and nearly killed a classmate after years of bullying. And there are countless other stories.
"Let's go to Virginia Tech and talk to those families of the 32 murdered and massacred students that died at the hands of one man who was bullied. His last words were 'The world has bullied me one last time. Now it's my turn.'"
For many of the students, they've seen it firsthand
"It made me feel really sad that people actually do that to others," explains MaKenzie Regier. "They don't really think when they are bullying that they're hurting somebody."