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LML: #ISPEAKHOPE CAMPAIGN 4/26/16

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LML: #ISPEAKHOPE CAMPAIGN 4/26/16

LML: #ISPEAKHOPE CAMPAIGN 4/26/16

TEENAGERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, RIGHT HERE IN THE MIDSOUTH ARE TEAMING UP TO SPEAK LIFE AND HOPEFULLY DOING SO TO SAVE LIVES..

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LML: #ISPEAKHOPE CAMPAIGN 4/26/16

>>> welcome back to "local memphis live."

>>> teenagers across the country right here in the midsouth are teaming up to speak live and hopefully doing so, they will save lives, tackling an issue some say is reaching an epidemic, bullying.

Joining me are members from teen recruiters with a campaign #ispeakhope.

Thank you for being with us today.

We so appreciate it.

Just tell us about this #ispeakhope campaign and why it's so important.

It really pertains for kids to get involved, for all kids to get involved really.

>> a lot of times we take the things joking words never hurt.

The way you take them is the way you take them.

They always hurt.

They can cause you to feel bad by about yourself.

>> yeah, absolutely.

>> and you know it's so encouraging to me to see three guys -- i mean y'all look like you play football or basketball or something and really and truly to see you taking a stand has to be encouraging to those around you.

Which one of you want to talk about that?

>> it's okay.

You don't have to be polite.

You're very polite but i appreciate it.

You want to just open that question up?

>> a lot of people like athletes who don't get bullied.

>> thank you.

>> it's not just a certain group of people.

It could be anyone you know.

>> absolutely.

Tracy, your story, you lost your big brother.

Tell me about that.

>> my big brother was murdered in january of 2015.

>> bless your heart.

>> i've really used that to kind of, as a spring to kind of amp up my life to make a difference.

I can either sit back and sulk about it or i can make a difference.

>> wow.

>> just the smallest things can help someone.

You never know what someone's going through.

Seeing me on the street you would never know i had a big brother that was just murdered.

But i can use that to help people, to encourage people to unify to be one people instead of several.

>> how old are you, just cell me real quick.

>> is it safe to say, guys that you saw this starting long before you got into your teen years or tell me a little bit about that?

>> i got to say it started when i was a kid, eight and nine, hanging up with kids up the road.

>> eight and nine he said.

That's startling to me.

That is so young.

Go ahead, i'm sorry.

It starts in kindergarten and gets worse >> my nephew was beaten up in kindergarten because he didn't act a certain way.

>> that is unbelievable.

>> talk about nick o'brien with his fabulous video.

We're going to pop that up so folks can see it.

>> it's great to have him working with us, investigating into an organization and try to help spare or word.

-- spread our word.

It's great for us.

>> do you have a take away message for parents, moms, dads, care givers, adults that have kids in that may be going through this.

You said eight years old, seven years old.

>> yes, of course.

I grew up in extreme poverty.

There were several times we didn't have run water, electricity.

Love your children.

Show them the love at home so they can spread that in other places.

Now i'm 17 years old and completed nearly two semesters of college already.

I mean love your kids at home.

>> all right, guys, thank you all so much.

Love your kids at home.

That's fabulous.

#ispeakhope, join the movement today.

Thank you so much for joining us.

>> thank you.

>> thank you so much.

It was fabulous.

I so appreciate it.

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