Wrestler 'Big Show' and Lizzie Velasquez talk bullying with AISD students

He towers over everyone in the room...and she has a rare condition that prevents her from gaining weight.
  
But they both were bullied as kids.  Just because they looked a little different from other kids.

We're referring to "Big Show" a WWE "Superstar" wrestler and Lizzie Velasquez, an anti-bullying advocate with Neonatal Progroid Syndrome.

Lizzie just released "A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story" and she once walked the halls of Bedichek Middle School, getting teased for her appearance.  Someone posted a video of her on YouTube and called it "World's Ugliest Woman" -- millions of views and countless hateful comments.

She says the video changed her life.

"Absolutely, I felt like I had worked so hard to get any sort of level of confidence and within 5 seconds of finding that video it was just completely gone," Velasquez said.

Velasquez was called by WWE to be a part of their "Be A Star" assembly at Bedicheck on Tuesday.  She and Big Show passed on valuable advice to the students.

"I want them to know that I'm out here as a superstar but I'm also out here as a father.  You know, I mean I have an 18-year-old daughter and I have nephews and nieces.  So this is an issue that effects all of our kids everywhere," Big Show said.

Yes, Big Show was once a victim of bullying.

"Oh absolutely I was bullied, I mean I was 6'2" at 12-years-old, 220 pounds.  I was shaving in 10th grade," he said.

Big Show says what he does on TV is just entertainment.  Violence isn't the answer to defeating bullying.

"You yell at the bully to stop.  Get their attention. Like I said, most bullies are cowards.  And then you put your arm around the person that's being bullied, you console them," Big Show said.

As far as cyber-bullying, Velasquez says if someone posts a negative comment, don't attack that person in response.

"Instead of fighting back with hate, fighting back with just saying 'I'm taking the high road' and leaving it at that and hoping it stops the cycle of hurting other people," Velasquez said.

For Velasquez, coming home to Bedicheck helped her realize how far she's come.

"To know that I had a lot of struggles when I was walking these halls and I so desperately just wanted to be liked.  To now come back and have all of these kids cheering for me and supporting me is one of the best feelings in the world," she said.

For more information on "A Brave Heart" and Lizzie's fight to stop bullying, visit www.imwithlizzie.com
 

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