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Anti-Bullying Has Never Been So Cute at RBR

YouTube singing sensation Ryan Beatty shares his own bullying experiences with the high school's freshman class and urges them to love what they do.

Seventeen-year-old singer knows about bullying.

Even the night before he was scheduled to bring his anti-bullying message to Red Bank Regional High School this week, he was being bombarded with insults on social media. For a few hours Wednesday night, a Twitter war broke out between fans and detractors over the singer, according to his manager, Kelly Fogel.

But that gave Beatty the resolve to come to the high school Thursday morning and share his experiences with the freshman class, who responded with female shouts of "I love you" and hands waving in the air along to his songs.

"I'm lucky to have the knowledge and the confidence to know not to care about what somebody says about my looks," Beatty said sitting on a wooden stool on the high school's stage before the crowd, He added that he found strength in doing what he loved and the support of his family.

He followed his message that promoted self-empowerment, which is part of his work with the organization Defeat the Label, by performing four songs for the class.

Beatty, who found an audience through YouTube, has used social media to his advantage while in Red Bank this week. He let fans know he would be performing at the high school (he also made stops at the Red Bank Charter School and Middle School) and invited fans to stop by and meet him at various locations.

He'll be back in Red Bank next month to perform at the Count Basie Theater on April 12. You can click here to snatch a few tickets for that performance.

Tickets are also available in person at our box office (99 Monmouth St) or by phone (732-842-9000).

Students from each school that Beatty visited this week are encouraged to submit a short essay about the important message they took away from the anti-bullying assembly for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the April 12 show.

jedlex March 26, 2013 at 03:12 AM
Boys usually fight; they said its part of growing up. But with this kind of attitude, it is not acceptable. Fighting often maybe is not a big issue, but bullying is a bigger and should be stopped right away. I am afraid that physical fighting isn't enough for teenagers nowadays. Social networking sites has played a great role when it comes to harassment and bullying. How can we monitor these kids when they bully using this new trend?
Team Dawg March 29, 2013 at 11:54 PM
We a Team Dawg author children's books and present workshops on the topics of character education and anti-bullying. We applaud all who do what they can to raise awareness and work towards a solution. Great job Ryan! Team Dawg salutes you for being a role model and true Team Dawg Everyday Hero!
arlex April 02, 2013 at 06:25 AM
My son is a victim of cyber bullying and verbal bullying in school. He doesn’t want now to go to school because he is afraid of many bullies from his classmates. I am very worried and I ask help to my friend which is also a victim of cyber bullying and she suggested a site to me." https://pgguard.com/” I am very thankful because this site is the solution of my problem. It is an agentless solution that informs parents of suspicious events that occur in children's social environment.

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