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Duluthian Uses 'Magic' to Teach Bullying Prevention in Schools

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: January 09, 2020 06:14 PM

Concern and awareness about bullying is an important topic taught in schools across the country. Here in the Northland, one man is taking a unique approach to educate kids.

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Magician Kelvin Saline uses magic to keep kids attentive and entertained on this topic. He put together a show to a gym full of elementary students at Piedmont Elementary Thursday morning.

Saline has been spreading the valuable message of standing up against bullying to schools all over Minnesota and Wisconsin for the past eight years. He has been a magician for 50 years.

"When I had the idea of bullying and how that’s changed over the years, I thought what a better way to deliver that message than by magic," said Saline.

"People sometimes think it's funny that other kids are getting bullied and they don't help. Like the magician said, I think you should help the person that's being bullied because that might start a friendship," said A’maree Bullock, a fourth grader.

According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, more than one out of every five students report being bullied. The emotional and physical harm of this impacts students significantly.

"What I hate about bullying is people make fun of it and laugh and they think people don’t care about it," said Avery Harju, a fourth grader.

"I want bullying to end because then school will be a safer place," said Bullock.

Piedmont elementary students were captivated by the show. Saline even had them help him with some magic tricks.

During the show, Saline uses a puppet named Charlie. Charlie shares a bullying story that encourages kids to tell an adult when someone is being bullied.

"The words 'Tell an adult' becomes the magic word I use throughout the show," said Saline.

The magician also focuses on the message of treating everyone with respect and standing up for one another.

"It's just as important to not be a spectator but to step up and help someone else too," said Saline.

"You don't need to bully, you can ask an adult to help you or be the person's friend that got bullied," said Bullock.

Students said they had a lot of fun and learned a lot from the magic show.

To learn more about bullying prevention, click here.

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Alejandra Palacios

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