Ian, 14, has been learning this verbal defense program to defend himself from bullies for about a year now.

“This stuff really works. I walk around the school and the streets with more confidence.”

He said it also helps to de-escalate tense situations. It calms down the person who is verbally assaulting you, it keeps them from going all fisty on you.”

“I’ve been bullied a little bit; that was before I learned verbal defense. Since then, it’s worked for me.”