WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A 96-year-old Army veteran is taking a unique approach to teach kids about bullying.
In Wilmington today, he used his stories of war and liberation to make the connection that bullying is nothing to keep quiet.
Some Holocaust survivors prefer it forgotten. But World War II Army veteran Maj. Frank Towers sees it as opportunity.
“This is a younger generation that has to carry on our ideals of not allowing bullying to take place,” Towers said during a visit to Wilmington Christian Academy.
Hundreds of students, some as young as eight years old, listened to real-life war stories of concentration camps from this retired major.
“Undoubtedly every civilization started out with bullying in Caesar’s day and so on, but this is the first time in memory that we can pin down. Hitler was a bully,” Towers said.
Across a table of bronze and purple hearts, medals older than most in the room, the veteran spoke of keeping history from repeating and helping those who are being bullied. The retired major helped liberate Jewish prisoners after the war. And because bullying can start very young, Towers figures you can never be too old to teach a lesson in history.
Towers says he speaks to about 20 groups a year across the country.
The 96-year-old added that he still keeps in touch with some of the Jewish prisoners who were kids when they met.