Anti-bullying takes center stage at local charter school

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Through laughter and fun the kids at George Gervin Prep Academy are learning a valuable lesson about bullying.

"In schools, bullying is a really big issue and it needs to stop," Mehgan Nickerson said. She is only in middle school, but understands it's easier said than done.

"I lost my best friend because of drugs and she got expelled from here and it's just... It's real stuff isn't it? It really is and it was part of bullying and it made a big difference."

This is where Pee Wee Harrison comes in. He’s a former professional basketball player who turned Harlem Globetrotter, who then turned motivational speaker with Meadowlark Lemon's Harlem All Stars.

"I’ve been doing this for 28 years and I needed to do my part and since I've felt very comfortable talking in front of kids and entertaining kids, I put together the A.P.P.L.A.U.S.E. program a couple of years ago and I've been doing ever since," Harrison said.

A.P.P.L.A.U.S.E. is a program designed around kids with emphasis on anti-bullying and developing a positive self image.

"I like the part where he's explaining bullying is and how we can improve on that and what friendship is," student Tianna Anderson said.