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Fountain Elementary spins the ball on bullying  

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Fountain Elementary School recently hosted The ABCs of Bullying Prevention from Harlem Globetrotters Herb “Flight Time” Lang (left) and Paul “Tiny” Sturgess (far right). The program was sponsored in part by V-103 Radio Station.

Special Photo Fountain Elementary School recently hosted The ABCs of Bullying Prevention from Harlem Globetrotters Herb “Flight Time” Lang (left) and Paul “Tiny” Sturgess (far right). The program was sponsored in part by V-103 Radio Station.

FOREST PARK — Fountain Elementary School students filled the gymnasium with strident cheers and applause as the Harlem Globetrotters, known as the Ambassadors of Goodwill, presented their new community outreach program called “The ABCs of Bullying Prevention.”

Herb “Flight Time” Lang, a 6-foot-3-inch tall guard, and Paul “Tiny” Sturgess, a 7-foot-8-inch tall center, demonstrated their message on bullying and violence prevention.

Students participated in the demonstration by learning the ABCs of team work and ball-handling. The program centered on action, bravery and compassion.

Lang’s 30-minute session, which included Principal Jamilah Hud-Kirk, was developed in coordination with the National Campaign to Stop Violence.

“We visit elementary schools mostly but go to some middle schools, too,” said Lang. “We try to teach them at an early age, because it’s hard to teach old dogs new tricks. We tell them about bullying through basketball, something they can relate to.”