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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

The Harlem Globetrotters are best known for their fancy basketball moves on the court, but off the court Wednesday at Hickory Ridge Elementary School they had a more serious message: Bullying.

It's a topic Globetrotter Anthony "Buckets" Blakes faced firsthand as a child.

"Bullying around, telling jokes and talking about me, and I walked up to the group. He looked at me and said another joke about me and I started laughing," recalled Globetrotter Anthony "Buckets" Blakes to students, "I kept walking and he kept walking and he followed me right up to my P.E. teacher; my P.E. teacher about six-foot-five, 250 pounds."

It's the kind of fresh spotlight Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich wants to use to dust off an all too often discussed issue for this young generation.

"You can see the smiles on their faces and see how enthused and see how much they were listening, and hopefully gets their attention," she said, "Of course what we do as prosecutors all day long is hold people accountable but what we've got to do is prevent and intervene when we can, and stars like this coming to town to help us stress this message just helps us all the more."

Buckets taught the children about the ABC's of handling a bully: Action, bravery and compassion. While children need to find an adult when they are being bullied and put on a brave face, he added that they also need to show the bullies compassion and perhaps find something in common as he did with his school-year bully.

"He never bothered me again," he said, "I ended up getting a friend out of it because we played sports together. He's still my friend to this day."

He adds that kids should communicate with a trusted adult including a parent and teacher about any bullies to find a solution to the problem. Buckets also suggested kids surround themselves with like-minded students and get involved in extracurricular activities.

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