Student on motivational speaker: 'It was really life changing'

Student on motivational speaker: 'It was really life changing'
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Imagine being born with no arms and no legs.

It's exactly what happened to Nick Vujicic. And now he's traveling the world spreading his story about bullying and how it changed his life forever.

"I was like, 'why me?' 'Why was I born without limbs,'" Vujicic said. "Doctors don't know why I was born this way, my parents don't know why. My sister and brother were born after me, with arms and legs. Sometimes we have these bigger questions to life - why am I here anyway? What's my purpose?'"

Vujicic was speaking to Meridian Middle School on Friday - delivering a strong message of hope for students. He emphasized that enough is enough when it comes to bullying.

At the assembly today 50 students raised their hands and said they've tried to commit suicide, because of bullying.

"My sister teased me and that's basically why I tease people," said Braxton Hudson, a Meridian Middle School student. "I'm pretty sure I'm not going to tease any more."

For Vujicic - it's simple.

"Bullying was the main reason I wanted to commit suicide and so I just want to share my story and if that saves peoples lives, great," Vujicic said.

At one point during the assembly, Vujicic had the students close their eyes and answer a few simple questions. First, have you ever been bullied or bullied someone else.?

Nearly every hand in the auditorium went up.

Then, it got a little more intense. He asked the students if they've ever tried to take their own lives because of bullying at Meridian Middle School. The number of hands that were raised even startled Vujicic.

"This school here was above average (for the number that's tried to commit suicide)," he said.

But his message on this day was to live life without limitations. And it was heard loud and clear.

"I think there's going to be a lot less bullies in this school because we're going to stop teasing," said John Patterson, a Meridian Middle School seventh grader.

At the end of the assembly, students took a pledge that the teasing would stop.

"I really thought it was amazing, it was really life changing," said Braxton Hudson, another student.


Note: Vujicic is speaking at the Idaho Center Saturday night, however, tickets are no longer available.