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Mark Brown imitates the character "Gaston" from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" during his presentation Oct. 24 at St. Croix Central Middle School. Brown used "Beauty and the Beast" as a metaphor for bullying. Brown said Gaston is a bully, the beast is a victim, and the angry villagers are people who go along with bullying.

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It was while he was watching a Disney movie with his family that Mark Brown discovered the metaphor for one of the speeches he delivers to middle school and high school students all over the country.


Brown used the characters of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" to illustrate the dangers of bullying in his speech "Words Count," which he presented to St. Croix Central Middle School on Wednesday, Oct. 24, during an all-school assembly.

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Gretta Stark
Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.
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