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COVENTRYâ€” Sensei Mike Cellucci from the Northeast Family Martial Arts studio taught the students at Tiogue Elementary School how to focus their eyes, mind and body during an anti-bullying presentation Friday morning.
Along with his sister Savannah, a seventh-grader who is currently training to receive her second degree black belt, Cellucci showed the students how to be respectful to parents and teachers.
â€śWhen you focus your eyes, you have to make sure youâ€™re looking at your teacher and not looking off,â€ť he said. â€śFocusing our minds, listen when people are talking and listen to what they are saying; focus your body: make sure we arenâ€™t jittery, or losing our posture, and make sure your sitting and standing up nice and tall.â€ť
He explained to the student-filled gymnasium that there were three main categories of bullying he was going to tell them about: physical, verbal and mental bullying, and exclusion bullying.
The best way to prevent bullying is to use the H.E.L.P. principles.
H stands for â€śhaving a plan to avoid bullies,â€ť he said.
By understanding the E principle, â€śelevate your awareness,â€ť Cellucci told the students they would be able to stay away from a bully.
â€śAnother way is, we try to use common sense before self defense,â€ť he said. â€śIf a bully is threatening to hurt you, you want to walk away from the situation, but itâ€™s not a good idea to turn your back toward a bully.â€ť
He explained to the students that they should, L, â€ślearn to ask for help.â€ť He said there are right ways and wrong ways to ask for help in a bully situation.
â€śIf you have a bully and you yell for a teacher, thatâ€™s the wrong way to ask for help,â€ť he said. â€śThe best way to help for help is to ask privately. Ask a teacher if you can come up to their desk and tell them.â€ť
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