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Updated: 12/10/2013 08:00:01AM

Scoop on bullying: Video games and pants

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SUN PHOTO BY BARBARA BEAN-MELLINGER
Motivational speaker Ethan Birch tells PCMS students how bullying is different today.

SUN PHOTO BY BARBARA BEAN-MELLINGER
Ethan Birch has the students shouting his mantra, "If you believe, you can achieve!"

SUN PHOTO BY BARBARA BEAN-MELLINGER
As the only black kid at his school, he was bullied every day, Ethan Birch tells the crowd.

SUN PHOTO BY BARBARA BEAN-MELLINGER
Ethan Birch keeps the students' attention for an hour as he talks about problems the kids face.

By BARBARA BEAN-MELLINGER

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The sixth-graders at Port Charlotte Middle School sat in neat rows on the gym floor Thursday, their eyes glued to their guest speaker as he paced back and forth, alternately riling them up and calming them down.

“When I was your age I was bullied every single day,” said the speaker, Ethan Birch. “I went to a school even bigger than yours, and I was the only black kid. I got made fun of because I was different. My clothes were different, my hair was different, I talked different, and the food I ate was different.”

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