Bullying Victim Shares Story with City Students

By News 8

Published 11/21 2013 03:38PM

Updated 11/21 2013 05:24PM

His story made headlines around the world and today Jamie Nabonzy visited local students to talk about the impact of bullying. 

Nabonzy talked to students at Rochester's Stem High School. He grew up in Wisconsin and was bullied during middle school for being gay. He even was beaten so badly he was hospitalized. His message to students- it's okay to stand up to bullying. 

"My message when I come to talk to students is really to get them to take responsibility to change the culture of their schools. They are the ones who really need to change the culture. We can pass all the federal and state laws we want, but unless the kids start standing up and saying they want a different culture, they want more respect between each other, nothing changes," Nabonzy said.

In 1996, Nabonzy won a landmark lawsuit in federal court that says all young people in the LGBT community deserve a safe educational experience. 

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