FALCONER – Youth suicide and combating cyberbullying were the center of a nationwide anti-bullying program that visited Falconer Central School on Thursday.
Sweethearts & Heroes, held three presentations for Falconer High School, middle school, and elementary school students.
Co-developed by Tom Murphy, a former professional MMA fighter and Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran and Jason Spector, an educator and coach, the series pushes an action-based approach to combat bullying.
Murphy talked with students about how they can take a literal A-B-C approach to the issue.
Additionally, Rick Yarosh, a retired sergeant with the U.S. Army — injured in Iraq with burns over most of his body — gave a message about overcoming adversity and turning a negative situation into a positive one.
School Principal Jeffrey Jordan says the duo’s message is something his students hold on to.
“These guys are excellent, Rick served in our United States Military, he has a story to share and he’s shown our students that he can be successful and get out there and treat each other with respect and love,” said Jordan. “That is really what we want our students to do.”
For more information on Sweethearts & Heroes, visit: sweetheartsandheroes.com.