X-Games athletes help fight bullying

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De Soto, MO (KPLR) – An anti-bullying assembly was held at De Soto High School Tuesday. The school used a unique way to deliver the message to students.

"Every single day, even today there are a 160,000 kids in our country missing school because they're scared of being bullied," said event host Dustin Grice.

This is why the "Bullying Prevention National Tour" teamed up with the Marines. They stopped by De Soto High School to speak with the students.

"Bullying is not right no matter what you do. It's not right to pick on someone just because they're different than you," stated Sergeant Eric Brooks.

The "Bullying Prevention National Tour" is traveling across the country to help the fight against school bullying.

X-Games athletes performed stunts while Dustin Grice taught the students about bullying prevention.

"The riders come from really all over the world, definitely all over the country. One of them here is a 3 times X-Games gold medalist," Grice said.

De Soto Principal Mike Rickermann thought this would be a great way to reach students.

"Bullying is a tough message. It's a tough message to deliver cause kids don't always hear in a traditional setting. So to mix that in with something that draws their attention it's more meaningful to the kids," explained Dr. Rickermann.

The X-Games athletes even used the principal in one of their stunts.

"When you can incorporate a message with fun, I mean it's a homerun," said Dr. Rickermann. "If one less kid gets picked on or one less kid gets bullied from this presentation then it's a winner of the day."