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WWE stars visit school to promote anti-bullying message


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Be a STAR (Show Tolerance And Respect) was founded by The Creative Coalition and WWE in April 2011. The mission of Be a STAR is to ensure a positive and equitable social environment for everyone, regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation. It does this through an education and awareness campaign.

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Roxanna Flores is a big World Wrestling Entertainment fan, and now the students of Bowman Ashe/Doolin K-8 Academy are big fans of hers.

Flores, who teaches pre-kindergarten at the Southwest Miami Dade school, entered the WWE Be a STAR (Show Tolerance And Respect) anti-bullying contest, which ran Aug. 12 through Sept. 13.

Flores won the grand prize, as selected by random drawing, for a WWE Be a STAR anti-bullying rally at her school. WWE superstars Big Show and Titus O’Neil, along with WWE diva Alicia Fox, hosted the rally before 300 fifth, sixth and seventh graders last month in the school’s auditorium.

The seven-foot, 500-pound Big Show, who lives in Pinecrest, told students how he experienced bullying because of his size as a youth. O’Neil, too, was bullied for his glasses and lanky frame.

Fox encouraged students to tell a parent, a teacher or a responsible adult if they are bullied (mentally, physically, cyber) or if they see someone else being buillied.

Big Show noted how the act of bullying is also a cry for help by the bully. It’s not just helping the one being bullied but also getting help for the bully.

Anyone (parent, teenager, teacher) who signed-up to take the Be a STAR anti-bullying pledge was eligible for the grand prize, a visit to his or her school by WWE.

Flores wondered when WWE would be in Miami because she wanted to purchase tickets for a show. She searched online. That’s when she found the contest.

WWE visited Miami on Jan. 31 for an evening show at the AmericanAirlines Arena, so the superstars visited the school that afternoon. Lisset Vazquez, the school’s principal, opened the event by introducing the WWE sports entertainers to a thunderous ovation.

That night, Flores attended WWE’s show at the arena.

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