American Idol’s James Durbin, WWE Superstars Rey Mysterio, The Miz, David Otunga, Alicia Fox and Lilian Garcia spoke to hundreds of Miami-Dade sixth grade students at Hialeah Gardens Middle School and John F. Kennedy Middle School on Thursday about taking positive steps to eliminate bullying in our society as part of the “be a STAR” anti-bullying alliance, co-founded by WWE and The Creative Coalition.
James shared his emotional personal story of being bullied while in school — and how, after he took action and reported the bullying to school officials, the bully would come back months later… to apologize.
The mission of “be a STAR” (Show Tolerance And Respect) is to ensure a positive and equitable social environment for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation through education and awareness. The initiative promotes positive methods of social interaction provides students, teachers and parents with various tools and resources to help put an end to bullying in their community. For more information, visit www.beaSTARalliance.org.
The other Idol connection here is Jennifer Hudson’s baby daddy, David Ortunga.
Last night James took part in a video game tournament at the WrestleMania Axxess at the Miami Beach Convention Center.