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Updated: April 17, 2013 1:10PM



Everyone has a bullying story, whether they were the bully or the bullied, but nowadays with the Internet and social media networks, bullying has more deadly consequences with the rise in suicides and incidents involving violence.

Darwin Kenney Sr. was bullied as a child after his family moved to Gary from Germany.

“Other kids bullied me because I sound and act different from them,” Kenney said to a group of kids recently at the John Will Anderson Boys and Girls Club of Northwest Indiana in Gary.

Kenney is the founder and executive director of Diversity “7” and Bully-END, the latter a national youth awareness program that features seminars, workshops and lectures on anti-bullying measures and positive self-esteem methods to stop bullying in schools.

Other core objectives of the Bully-END program include working with state legislators to strengthen the anti-bullying laws, educating parents on how to deal effectively with a child who is being bullied and more.

Diversity “7” is a consulting program run by Diversity Consultants. At the seminar held inside the Boys and Girls Club, Kenney selected children to participate in a “What would you do?” scenario where children were either the bully or the bullied.

Tionna Simmons, 11, of Gary, said she thought the seminar was interesting because she learned the various levels of bullying.

“I also know now that if someone is bullying me, I should not be afraid to tell a teacher or an adult or my parents. And if I see someone being bullied I should try to stop it or get a teacher or a principal,” she said.

To learn more about Diversity Consultants, Inc. and the “Bully-END” program, call Darwin Kenney Sr. 902-4647, email at dkenney@diversity1on1.com or visit the website www.diversity1on1.com.

The Miller Beach Arts & Creative District and MAS Media 7 announced that award-winning actor Ed Asner is returning to Gary on Tuesday, April 23, to perform his one-man show, “FDR,” making up for stopping his performance at the Marquette Pavilion last month due to a sudden illness that led to a short hospital stay.

The performance takes place 7 p.m. at the Wirt-Emerson VPA auditorium, 210 N. Grand Blvd. in Gary.

General admission tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Online ticket sales are at www.edasneringary.eventbrite.com or they can be purchased by calling Ayers Realty, 938-1188. Make checks to MasMedia 7.

Ticket holders from Asner’s original performance in Gary can obtain new tickets at the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts, 540 Lake St., between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21.

The Center for the Arts’ Karren Lee said they have a list of names of purchasers of original tickets, so no ticket stubs are needed. However, original tickets will not be honored at the April 23 performance.



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