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Birmingham native, MMA fighter talks to Wenonah High about bullying

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At 6'5" and 250 pounds, Walt Harris isn't exactly the poster child for victims of bullying.

"I wasn't always this big," he said. "I was always tall, but I was about 150 pounds. I was really skinny. I would get bullied a lot."

And Harris, who is a professional MMA fighter, isn't exactly who you might think of to talk out against bullying.

"There's always a way to get to a solution without violence," he said.

The Birmingham native who graduated from Homewood High School in 2001, talked to students at Wenonah High School, Thursday, offering advice about anti-bullying.

"With you being small and having the right mindset, you can always protect yourself," Harris said. "It doesn't mean you have to resort to violence. You can have a defensive mindset and talk your way out of situations in a positive manner."

"I see bullying every day," 16-year-old Kiara Abrams, said.

Abrams, a sophomore at Wenonah, says bullying in her school has become second nature.

"They just go along with it," she said. "Because they think it's funny to actually surround a person and belittle them and abuse them with words or harm them just by physically and emotionally."

But hopefully not anymore.

Abrams and Harris are teaming up and getting the word out to stop bullying.

Harris knows it's a tall order, but says if people work together, he knows bullying can be knocked out.

"It's better to speak and talk through problems then to act out and that's what I want to tell the kids," he said.

Harris says he would like to talk to other Birmingham area high schools about bullying.

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