Friday, December 26, 2014

Bullied teen touring Valley Forge Military Academy

Upper Darby's Nadin Khoury, the 13-year-old bullying victim and aspiring Marine, will visit Valley Forge Military Academy on Sunday to meet with admissions staff, according to a school official.

Bullied teen touring Valley Forge Military Academy

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Upper Darby's Nadin Khoury, the 13-year-old bullying victim and aspiring Marine, will visit Valley Forge Military Academy & College on Sunday for a tour with the admissions office, according to a school official. Nadin, who appeared on "The View" after the video of the attack went national, will meet with admissions staff, senior leadership cadets and faculty to discuss possible enrollment this Fall.

The academy's admissions director tells Rick Reilly at ESPN.com that Nadin's incident reminded him of his own childhood:

The director of admissions at Valley Forge Military Academy, LaToro Yates, sees "The View." He thinks of the bullies in his childhood. Thinks of the boys who terrorized him for the way he looked, the way he talked, the way he dressed.

Next thing you know, Nadin is being invited to the VFMA campus, where men like General Norman Schwarzkopf and J.D. Salinger and Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald once walked.

"I admire this young man's courage," Yates says. "It takes courage just to come to school the next day. But to step up and go public with it to help other kids? Wow."

The academy is "working diligently to make the young man a cadet at Valley Forge Military Academy starting this fall," says Yates. Free.

I really hope it works out for Nadin.

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