I am often surprised by my guests as the studio door opens and they walk in for an interview.
I'll confess to sometimes having preconceived notions about what they'll look like, or their demeanor.
I didn't know much about Travis Price, the person. But I knew he'd been bullied through all 12 years of school. So I guess I expected to meet a young man of smallish stature, shy, quiet and maybe a little nervous.
I couldn't have been more wrong. The door opened and in walked a tall, athletic-looking, confident guy who looked me in the eyes with a smile and a strong grip as we shook hands.
Yet Travis has been through what many kids sadly experience in schools: targeted by bullies, picked on and beaten for no other reason than being "different."
He had to transfer schools. The bullying nearly started again until a girl, a stranger, came to his defense and told the bullies to stop. They did. Travis never forgot that person. And that experience convinced him that all a bullied kid needs is someone to step forward and say "Enough". His story convinced me that we can never do too much on bullying on our show. Every victim is different... circumstances vary... but Travis' experience and message drove the point home that the response must always be the same: Enough.