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Cumberland coach takes on bullies

By Kimberly Jordan kjordan@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 7:01 PM

Bullying is a subject that has become prominent in many settings, and one local school made a pledge Monday to stop it.

Tuckers Crossroads School administrators invited special guest Cumberland University baseball coach Woody Hunt to address the students. 

“A lot of young people are under pressure to look a certain way, act a certain way, and if they don’t do that they will be bullied,” Hunt said. “It is not a good feeling to be made fun of because of these things.”

Wilson County sheriff’s Lt. Scott Moore, coordinator of the school resource officer program, followed Hunt. He told students he was a victim of bullying as a child. 

Moore, who is 6-feet, 11-inches tall and wears a size 18 shoe, said he was a victim of teasing early on in his life.

“Kids tease each other all the time,” Moore said. “I got teased all the time about my height and my shoe size.

“The No. 1 thing we deal with as SROs is bullying.”

He also warned students to be careful of their activities on social media.

“Make sure you watch what you post, because it will get back to the person you are talking about,” Moore said.

Hunt offered some sage advice to the student body.

“Everybody is important,” Hunt said. “Everybody has value. God made everybody a certain way. Bullying is where we don’t respect each other for who we are. Accept [those who are different] and don’t make fun of them. Diversity is a part of society.”

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