RUSTON, La. (KNOE) - Kids in Lincoln Parish are getting a message about bullying, but with a unique twist.
Pro wrestlers are using their moves, costumes, and excitement to teach this lesson.
Main Event Pro Wrestling teaches the important facts about bullying, but they grab the kids' attention with their wrestling moves.
"Kids listen to us,” says pro wrestler Big Daddy Yum Yum. “We give them a different perspective than their teachers may have given them already. It gives them a unique way of telling the same message of not to be a bully and watch out for your buddies. So with the costumes, the wrestling titles, it keeps the kids interested and keeps them entertained."
Big Daddy Yum Yum and his partner Action Jackson teach kids how to avoid being a bully, what to do if they’re being bullied, and not to be a bystander.
They say it's important to teach kids about this because bullying has changed over the years because of cell phones and social media.
That's why they not only tell the kids about cyberbullying: they show them.
"Nowadays cyberbullying is very prevalent. When I was in school at three o'clock you were safe and there was no more bullying. But now after school, there are kids on their Facebook, on their Twitter and social media,” says Big Daddy Yum Yum.
The campaign will be in Lincoln Parish elementary schools this week. The Louisiana Tech Interfraternity Council sponsors the program locally.
Main Event Pro Wrestling also has a live professional wrestling show this Saturday so they can show the kids their real moves in the ring. It’s at the Louisiana Tech Student Center (1000 Wisteria Street, Ruston, La.). Advance tickets can be purchased at Suddenlink communications and Jim Taylor Ford in Ruston, La for $10. Tickets will be $15 on the day of the show. You can also buy tickets online at maineventprowrestling.com. The bell rings at 6 PM.
A portion of the proceeds will go to the Boys and Girls Club of North Central Louisiana.
In addition to the wrestling show and anti-bully campaign, on Saturday at 12 noon, there will be a pizza party for all the kids. This event is totally free. Kids will get to meet the wrestlers.