TEACHER PULLS NO PUNCHES WITH ANTI-BULLYING RAP
Years before Glenn Sutton wore a blazer to work at Lumberton High School and oozed self-confidence, he considered himself fat, ugly and stupid.Sutton said he believed that because it came from Chuck, a schoolyard bully who often beat him up in front of cheering crowds of students at his Washington, D.C., junior high school."The more they cheered him on, the harder he hit, and this went on and on," he said Friday.A quarter-century later, the 44-year-old teacher tried to reach out to students in a similar situation, composing a six-word rap that told of his torment at the hands of Chuck."Boom, Aah! What? Hit 'em again!" was the basic sequence of events that occurred every time Chuck beat him up, Sutton said."I said, 'Well, my audience are youth, maybe I can rap.' But I couldn't rap," he said. Still, the rap, which repeats the six words over and over, has become a sensation among his students and others who have seen a video of it online."I tell my story, and by finding out my story, it's the same story the other kids have," he said. "I get so many kids – man, they hug me. You see there's a connection."