Pro Wrestler Shares Anti-Bullying Message

December 3, 2012 Updated Dec 3, 2012 at 7:04 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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December 3, 2012 Updated Dec 3, 2012 at 7:04 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Daniel Puder: professional wrestler for the WWE, undefeated mixed martial arts fighter, and anti-bullying advocate who spoke to students Monday at Buffalo United Charter School.

"I just really love giving back to kids. I've been given a lot in life so I love training them in a really positive way," Puder said.

Through his foundation "My Life, My Power," Puder speaks to students about bullying, an issue that has grown in schools recently, especially with technology.

"There is a difference between bullying and being a kid, however, the bullying has increased especially with social media, so it makes it much more difficult to put a number on," principal Tammy Messmer.

As a wrestler and a fighter, Puder might look like the stereotype of a bully, when in fact the opposite was true for him growing up.

"I was teased, I was picked on, I was bullied, I was the bigger kid," Puder said.

Now he takes his message to help those who are victims of bullying, to be successful in life like he has.

"When I first came here I thought it was going to be a bit boring, but then it changed my life by a lot," 8th grader Michael Horton said.

"Bullying is not fun to do it, and if you were getting bullied you wouldn't want anybody to do it to you, so why would you do it to somebody else?" 8th grader Jhayda Mallory added.

Puder says he has a different approach in talking to students, with the same end goal when it comes to bullying.

"Our approach now is going to be not to say don't, but to build them up in a different way so that they can make the positive choice not to bully," Messmer said.

Every student also received a copy of Puder's book.

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