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North Country Locals Seek to Raise Awareness About Bullying

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: North Country Locals Seek to Raise Awareness About Bullying
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People in the North Country are seeking to save young lives by starting conversations about bullying. Elizabeth Jeneault explains how a visit from a former WWE Champion has gotten things rolling.

JEFFERSON COUNTY, N.Y. -- Motivational speeches given by Marc Mero at local schools recently have touched students.

"I was like crying the whole time," said Corrin Lewis, a 14-year-old. "It was amazing."

Mero wrapped up the Northern New York portion of his "Never Give Up" tour at a church in Dexter Sunday. The former wrestler has spent the past seven years of his life talking to students all over the world about bullying.

"The main thing is showing kids that they're not alone, that other kids are going through this," said Mero. "All kids are being bullied and hurt in some way."

With suicide now the third leading cause of death in young people, Mero hopes to encourage kids to talk about their issues rather than inflicting self harm.

It's a topic of discussion one area family hopes to continue, as their son Daniel Briggs recently committed suicide after being bullied at Thousand Islands Central School.

"These presentations are amazingly powerful and I think that the message is delivered in such a way that the students do feel comfortable talking to an adult now," said Amy Briggs.

The Briggs family plans to keep in touch with Mero in order to make sure kids continue to feel comfortable talking to an adult about peers who may be suicidal.

"To get the message out that when somebody says something or knows something they need to go to a trusted adult and tell them immediately because it’s better to have a friend who is mad at you than a friend that can never say thank you to you again," said Briggs.

An important message that could save a life.

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