Class Act: Shane Graham-Bevis - Lowell Technical HS
TYNGSBORO, Mass. (WHDH) -- 7News is excited to share our first Class Act.
7News asked viewers like you to email us about a student or group of students who go above and beyond - it can be academics, athletics or something that helps their community.
We’ve gotten hundreds of nominations and today we want to share the story of a very special freshman at the Greater Lowell Technical High School.
Here’s our first on-air Class Act: Shane Graham-Bevis.
At just fifteen - he's a strong voice against bullying: helping students in Massachusetts and across the country.
Governor Patrick asked him to speak to thousands at a statehouse rally.
But Shane earned the honor the hard way.
“I was bullied by a kid who was 6 years older than me. I was stabbed in the hand with a roofing nail, and I was kicked so hard in the ribs, I had a shoe print on my side,” said Shane.
Shane fought back, but not with violence - instead he created an anti-bullying program to educate students, parents and teachers.
“Other people started walking up to me, asking me if I could help them, then I started doing that, and then I was thinking, ‘hey, I’m actually pretty good at this,’” said Shane.
Shane doesn't just use words - he uses music and his feet too, with his No Bully Zone dance team.
“We go around to different schools and different events and stuff and we do performances. I go up and I do a speech about anti-bullying, my experience with it and what I’ve done about it,” said Shane.
“Shane has a nice platform, has dances, puts it on the kids level, don’t put up with it, get the friends involved, tell on the kids bullying, to catch the bullies that are affecting kids at school,” said Tim Fallon, Dean of Discipline.
Lakendra Ocasio is part of Shane's team now
“I was bullied, people make fun of me cause I talk funny,” said Lakendra Ocasio.
She says she's stronger because of his program and his friendship - one of the many kids touched by this class act.
“That does make me feel good to know that I helped someone else,” said Shane.
Shane was also recently nominated for "Man of the Year" in Lowell.
Even though he's only fifteen he came in second place. He also said one day he wants to be the mayor.