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The national television show The View recently aired a story about a 13-year old boy from Philadelphia being bullied by a group of teens.
Chargers defensive end Ogemdi Nwagbuo took the story to heart and spoke to students at Rolando Park Elementary Thursday about treating each other with respect and preventing bullying.
More than 60 students sat in an assembly to listen to Nwagbuo talk about helping one another and leaning on their teachers for help.
“I know bullying is a big problem in schools now,” Nwagbuo said. “If you ever encounter a problem in school with someone, don’t be afraid to talk to your teacher. Make them aware of the problem. We all know being young you don’t really like to talk to teachers. Your teachers are there to help you. If you see any bullying going on, let your teachers know.”
Nwagbuo stressed for students to not become an observer, but to take action and help a classmate they see in trouble.
“It was invaluable to have Ogemdi talk to students about the importance of treating people well and to listen to their teachers and talk to their teachers if they need any help,” Principal Kimberley Ling said.
Bullying wasn’t the only topic for the day. As an advocate for the NFL’s PLAY 60, a program that encourages physical activity for 60 minutes a day, Nwagbuo encouraged students to take recess time to be active.
“My favorite part of school was recess especially in San Diego with all of the great weather. Take advantage of all of the sunshine here and play outside. Remember exercise is fun,” Nwagbuo said.