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Serious Comedy Approach to Anti-Bullying

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BILLINGS - Keith Deltano is a funny guy with a unique approach to anti-bullying.

"There's cycles in my show where you hear a lot of laughter, and then it's so silent you could hear a pin drop," he said.

Deltano uses what he calls "serious comedy" to inform and influence kids on subjects ranging from bullying to suicide and self-harm. He spoke at Castle Rock Middle School last week, and Riverside Middle School Tuesday afternoon. Over the past two decades, he's spoke with kids in 49 states.

"A lot of what I do is based on prejudices and racism, and not judging people by the surface," he said. "Then I give them tools of how to cope with it."

Deltano talked about physical, emotional and online bullying, as well as "drama." He teaches bystanders to stand up and say "stop bullying!" with a hand gesture and a lot of "attitude." If that doesn't work, he says to find a teacher or a group of other students to help stand up against the bully.

Deltano also shared his personal story, from struggling with learning disorders like ADD and Dyslexia, to earning a college degree and becoming an award-winning math teacher.

Students were engaged throughout the assembly, and had some positive feedback.

"It was very life changing, and it was awesome to see that someone was standing up for all these schools," Seventh grade student Taiyan Stilson said.

Deltano says even though anti-bullying has gained more national attention of late, it's still an uncomfortable subject for many people.

"There is a national conversation," he agreed. "Unfortunately, I don't see it happening enough in the schools, on the front lines."

Deltano applauds the middle schools for being proactive, and talking about the issue right at the start of school

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