December 08, 2017 10:39 PM
'Enough is Enough'- that was the message of an anti-bullying assembly held for students in Ironwood Michigan on Friday. Students heard from World Champion Martial Artist, Mariah Moore, who shared her very powerful story and experience with bullying.
"I grew up in a very small farm town," said Moore. "I had a martial arts school open up in my hometown. My parent enrolled me in it and I just never looked back."
At just 23, Mariah has earned 20 world championship titles and is a black belt in martial arts, but at a young age, she knew she wanted to use her platform for a bigger purpose.
"I started motivational speaking when 15 and I went through a lot of different bullying issues in schools," said Moore. "I was socially bullied. I was physically hit, and punched. I got called fat and man arms, even today I get called those things and I refuse to be a victim."
However, it wasn't easy getting to that point, and now she's using her struggle to help other kids who may be going through the same thing.
"I go all over speaking to elementary, middle, high school and college-age students," said Moore. "I use what I did and I tell the students if you are a victim to bullying, number one first and foremost you are not alone. Number two, to tell someone you trust."
Friday, she spoke with local Michigan and Wisconsin students.
"I bring the martial arts aspect into my talks. I do what I love," said Moore."It grabs their attention and there like "oh, my God what will she say next."
That's the exact reaction Ironwood Senior Aaron Hoff got.
"It got my attention that was for sure. I saw kids in the crowd, they were crying," Hoff. "Bullying needs to stop. It's a major thing and it's caucusing kids to be sad and depressed."
He knows firsthand of the effects of bullying because he was one of them.
"I was lost. I mean full-scale depression," said Hoff. "I think it (bullying) can stop by being nice, just reaching out to someone who's sad."
Hoff says that's the purpose of his "You're not alone" movement - to show people there is help out there, and seeing people like Mariah gives him hope for others.
"We need to stop tearing each other down," said Moore. "This is our generation. This is our time to make a difference."
Updated: December 08, 2017 10:39 PM
Created: December 08, 2017 06:31 PM
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