Scary Guy comes to town on Halloween

Published 11:00 am Monday, October 24, 2011

Austin is one week away from getting Scary.

The Scary Guy’s timing couldn’t be better, as the anti-bullying motivational speaker will be in Austin from Oct. 31 to Nov. 11 as part of the Community Against Bullying’s campaign to stamp out bullying in Austin.

“It’s going to be a positive thing,” said Danielle Borgerson-Nesvold, CAB chairwoman. Borgerson-Nesvold started CAB after her son was repeatedly bullied last year. After getting school staff, local residents and Austin police involved, Borgerson-Nesvold and other CAB members decided to bring Scary, who is known for his blunt, aggressive approach to teaching compassion for others, into Austin.

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That decision wasn’t always popular with residents. CAB raised more than $20,000 in recent months to bring Scary to Austin and while a majority of people they talk to support them, there have been some who questioned the price for Scary.

Borgerson-Nesvold said those questions were put to rest after CAB members have talked to residents, organizations and the media.

“They are certainly as excited as we are,” Borgerson-Nesvold said of residents she knew who at first had doubts over Scary.

Scary will be in every Austin school during his 12-day stint. He’ll be at Austin High School from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, working with AHS students during the day and school staff after school. Scary will spend at least one day at every other Austin school, along with appearances at several organization meetings and other community events. He will give two public speeches at AHS and Ellis Middle School on Nov. 1 and Nov. 9 at Ellis. Both meetings start at 6 p.m.

Borgerson-Nesvold said she’s heard from several area groups who are interested in coming to Austin to observe Scary, along with calls and e-mails from people across the nation interested in how CAB is making a difference.

“It’s definitely going to bring people into Austin,” she said. “I’m hoping that the citizens of Austin definitely take advantage of that.”

Borgerson-Nesvold is also working on one-on-one meetings between Scary and students who have been bullied or are bullying students as well.

“It’s an opportunity to get counsel and help, in a way,” she said.