More than 200 Twins Cities Students Learn About How to Prevent Bullying

Organizers say the schools that have gone through the curriculum had a 90% reduction in incidents of bullying.

Susie Jones
May 22, 2018 - 2:39 pm
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Twins Center Fielder Bryon Buxton delivered more than just a good throw at Target Field today.

He shared a personal story with students about a time when he stopped someone from bullying another kid. "It hurt his feelings right away, but eventually maybe a week later he came up to me and said 'Thanks.' You know from that day on, we were brothers," Buxton said.

The Minnesota Twins organization is one of several MLB clubs supporting the "Shred Hate" bullying prevention program.

Major League Baseball and ESPN have teamed up on the "Shred Hate" campaign, which is designed to eliminate bullying by encouraging kids to choose kindness. "It's not cool to be mean. It's not cool to be a bully," Said Victoria Arlen, a host and reporter for ESPN/X-Games.

There are six "Shred Hate" schools in the Twin Cities who have adopted the curriculum, created and implemented by the nonprofit organization "No Bully", which has been shown to drastically reduce incidents of bullying in schools.

Minnesota Native and three-sport X Games athlete Mike Schultz is a gold and silver medalist in the Paralympics. "You know we are different, and bullying stems from that," Schultz said. "Someone stands out and they are different and instead of trying to understand the story behind it. Unfortunately, people are quick to point fingers and laugh."

Students in the seats were captivated by the speakers.

"If you get bullied, you should go tell a teacher, or try to stop it from happening," said Ashley Bray, from the Minnesota Excellence in Learning Center. "Because it's really hurtful. And I've watched a lot of YouTube videos, and when kids get bullied a lot they plan to kill themselves and I don't like that. I cry a lot."

More than 25,000 students across 42 schools participated in Shred Hate programming in the last two years. 

Organizers say the schools that have gone through the curriculum had a 90% reduction in incidents of bullying.

The Minnesota Twins are providing 1,000 tickets to tonight's game to kids from all the "Shred Hate" schools.