The Scary Guy talks about his mission in Austin Saturday morning during breakfast with members of the Community Against Bullying group at Perkins. -- Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

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Scary Guy ready to stomp out hate

Published 12:00pm Monday, October 31, 2011

Austin just got Scary.

The Scary Guy, the anti-hatred motivational speaker, came to town Friday afternoon. By Saturday morning, he had already charmed staff at Perkins restaurant, causing conversation and laughter at more than one table.

“It’s really good to be here,” Scary said Saturday morning.

Scary met with local residents and leaders before going to work Monday at Austin High School as part of 12-day stint educating students, parents and community members about bullying.

Some students had the chance to meet Scary, as he dropped by the Community Against Bullying teen dance Friday night.

“They gravitated towards him,” said Danielle Borgerson-Nesvold, CAB chairwoman.

Students aren’t the only people who have stopped by. Though Scary hasn’t been out on the town much, he said a mother stopped him at Hy-Vee to tell him how wonderful his appearance is.

“She said she was really, really glad I was in town,” Scary said.

Scary will work with each Austin school at least one day over the next two weeks, teaching students about the destructive nature of bullying and how they can change the bullying climate. He will also hold two community meetings, one at AHS from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 and one at Ellis Middle School from 6 to 7 p.m. Nov. 9. He’ll also hold many one-on-one meetings with residents to discuss bullying in Austin.

Though Scary may be his name, he encourages people to speak to him if they see him around town, as he’ll be living here with his wife Cathryn for the next two weeks. He hopes more people come talk to him than the handful he’s met thus far.

“Maybe they’re a little shy,” he said grinning.


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  • Jess

    What an AMAZING movement about to take over Austin students. Hope all parents jump on board too! Rock on Scary!!

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  • Lebowski

    What an AMAZING waste of money. Kids losing class time in the last two weeks of the quarter just so they can be exposed to this snake oil salesman. The money this man will extract from this community for two weeks of “work” is more than most Austin residents make in an entire year. Think about it.

    $cary Guy says that only 5% of the community will see this as a waste of money. This further proves his lack of credentials and professionalism. He has no basis or research for this 5% comment. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.

    Another interesting note: Isn’t gossip, stereotyping, and talking behind another person’s back a form of bullying? If so, this quote from Danielle Borgerson-Nesvold is interesting to say the least;

    “I can tell you now that those who comment on any article in the Herald are people with nothing to contribute to the community but their negative POV.

    Looks like Ms. Borgerson-Nesvold has trouble practicing what she preaches.

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    • Comptech

      Not wanting to get in the middle of your squabble, but while all I have seen you do is complain Danielle has at least shown inititive to do SOMETHING to make the community better. While I also dont agree with the price tag at least someone is standing up. How about you get the news to do a story about something that you have done for the community besides complain on the web.

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      • Lebowski

        You must have missed the comments where I made several suggestions for cheaper and more effective ways to address bullying.

        I have reluctantly been in this paper twice in the last 120 days for my contributions to the community of Austin. Unlike Danielle, my contributions to Austin didn’t cost the community thousands of dollars.

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  • cooper

    Lebowski well said. It is nice to see someone else who thinks that this guy is a joke.

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  • Jess

    AMAZING JOB SCARY!! The students are getting the movement! Not only are they finding self respect they are really seeing the future more clear in their eyes! We are fortunate to have you here spreading your word!

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  • Hootch

    I think Lebowski has it right …… one might like to see an online poll about 6 months from now asking the students to vote yes or no on wether they believe bullying has decreased after this man $cary left town.

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