Former professional wrestler visits Montreal high school to talk about bullying

It was Wrestlemania at Rosemount High School in Montreal as the Jaguars welcomed former Canadian professional wrestler Jacques Rougeau to talk about bullying and his own journey.

The Rougeau brothers were champions of the World Wrestling Federation, now World Wrestling Entertainment.

“I remember saying to my brother: ‘We’re going to the jungle!'”, says Rougeau.

He spoke to Rosemount students about bullying and shared his own story of victimization.

“I’ve been doing this for 20 years because I’ve been through something absolutely horrible,” he said.

Rougeau wrestled in the main event at Madison Square Gardens, but also suffered abuse. He wants students to learn from his experience, to learn how to gain confidence.

English teacher Jessika Neri also talked about bullying and then showed honed skills as wrestler Jessika Black.

“What I like, because I teach English, every game is a short story,” she said. “You create a character, flaunt that character, connect with the audience, get a climax, rising action and denouement, so people are engaged and want to see more, want to see the next chapter.”

The rally aimed to empower young people to speak up when they see injustice, even during the days of doubt.

Robert J. King