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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