Comedian, podcaster and UFC commentator, Joe Rogan, reposted a friends’ PSA to kids about bullying and it has now gone viral thanks also to Marvel’s Star-Lord.
Yes, folks, Chris Pratt got wind of the PSA and reposted it to his twenty-six million followers as well.
The post originated with MMA fighter Joe Shilling, who Rogan has had on his podcast, Joe Rogan Experience.
Ask most people about their experience at school and a lot of them will be able to recall some less than happy memories. Sadly, school has become a breeding ground for bullying and despite the best efforts of teachers and parents the buck stops with the students themselves, which is why this post has struck a chord.
Shilling’s post is simple, kind and not preachy. It encourages kids to “Step up” if they see someone struggling to make friends, not wearing the “right” clothes or being bullied.
According to government statistics, 20% of students aged 12-18 say they have been bullied at school and 30% of young people have admitted to bullying others. Considering that the national average for the student-teacher ratio in public schools is 16:1 it’s simply not possible to expect teachers to be able to adequately police the classrooms, hallways and playgrounds.
That’s why it’s always encouraging when celebrities pick up causes like these and champion them to their audiences. Both Rogan and Pratt are Dads, so no doubt this issue hits very close to home as well.