December 5th, 2012
04:32 PM ET

Keeping fighting in the ring and out of schools

By Shaina Negron, CNN

(CNN) - At age 16, Rob McCullough walked into an LA Boxing gym for the first time. The teen had left home, moving from one friend's couch to another, and now finally felt like he found a place where he belonged.

"I went to the gym and worked out, and worked out my stuff," he says. "That was kind of my safe haven."

After taking his first class and leaving with a compliment from the instructor, McCullough was hooked. "It built self-confidence," he recalls. "At the end of the day, I felt great about it."

Life was difficult at times for McCullough and his seven siblings who were raised by a single mother. Constantly relocating, he remembers how other kids were not always welcoming when the family moved to a new neighborhood. "I dealt with bullying growing up as a kid because I was always the new guy at the school," he says.

By the time he reached high school, a new challenge would shape his future.

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  1. Olivia

    I bet children WOULD stop fighting if there were more people supporting it. Most children "copy" movie stars like Justin Bieber and Olivia Holt but if more people did support it it would probably be more successful.

    December 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  2. Kiana

    It's a good idea, but I don't think kids will stop bullying from this. I can only wish that one day bullying would be put to a stop. No one deserves it.

    December 7, 2012 at 12:06 am |
  3. Farfora27

    This is a great idea. I think it lets kids know that even boxers who fight in the ring, wants to stomp out bullying. Especially for those kids who love boxing

    December 6, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
  4. Katelyn

    This will help stop bullying & fighting . It's a great program . Smart idea :)

    December 6, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  5. Marie

    I think that everyone should come together to stomp out bullying. Bulling is very hard. I was bullied online quite a few times. One time recently I was bullied by a complete stranger. But if we all come together we can end the pain us bully victims are going through and remember if you see bulling be a good bystander and say something instead of just standing there. I wish I could have had help.

    December 6, 2012 at 8:54 am |