Actor R.J. Mitte, best known for his role playing Walt Jr. in AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” spoke to middle- and high-school students at five campuses over two days. Mitte shared his personal experiences of having been bullied, and encouraged students to stand up for themselves and those they see being bullied.
The actor, who was born with cerebral palsy, told of having his hand and foot broken by bullies during his school years. He stressed the importance of peer support, viewing one’s challenges and disabilities as an opportunity to grow, and making light of bullies’ insults.
“You give their hurtful words meaning,” Mitte told a group of freshmen at Oñate High School on Tuesday. “And you have the power to take that away.”
Mitte stressed the importance of talking to a trusted adult or one’s friends if they feel they are having trouble handling a bully on their own, and told the students that they are not alone. He also asked students to call out bullying when they see it.
Mitte spoke on Monday to students at Mesa Middle School, Sierra Middle School, and Picacho Middle School, and attended a press conference during which Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima presented him with the key to the city. Mitte’s visit to Las Cruces was sponsored by City Councilors Kasandra Gandara and Yvonne Flores.
On Tuesday, Mitte spoke at Camino Real Middle School and Oñate High School. Mitte answered questions from the students at all assemblies. Many students asked Mitte for advice on dealing with disabilities like cerebral palsy and epilepsy.
In addition to his role on “Breaking Bad,” Mitte has appeared in numerous movies and television shows, including “Hannah Montana,” “Switched at Birth” and more.
— Damien Willis, LCPS Director of Communications, 575-527-5811, email@example.com