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The Scary Guy

January 11, 2016

The Scary Guy visited South Page Schools on January 11, 2016 and then again for the high school boy's basketball game on the night of Friday, January 15.

*The speaker was born Earl Kenneth Kaufmann, but legally changed his name to The Scary Guy in the late 1990s. The Scary Guy tours the world speaking to audiences to help eliminate hate, violence and prejudice from the world. Guy -- who has 85 percent of his body covered in tattoos -- tells KMA News he developed his program after he had an eye-opening experience when a rival tattoo artist placed a newspaper ad calling him a scary guy.

"Some people have to have a near-death experience to make changes, but I think I had a near-death emotional experience and not a physical one," said Guy. "Because I couldn't figure out why somebody would say such a thing about someone they don't even know. I always saw myself as a likable person and truthfully, I saw myself as a good guy."

After the ad ran in Guy's local newspaper, he was immediately filled with anger and hate toward his rival. Guy says he then began to change his own life, and in addition, attempted to change the world.

"That has been an 18-year transition for me," said Guy. "It's not instant. I wish I could tell you that you could just flip a switch and you were a different guy, but I learned for 43 years how to react to people with the same energy that they gave me. Now, I've got 18 years under, and I know I can go anywhere in the world even though my entire face, hands and neck are tattooed, it doesn't matter what I see or hear around me. I can still love the person and not be what they do."

The Scary Guy program incorporates video, pictures and humor into a message that can be tailored to multiple audiences. Guy says he sometimes tweaks the delivery, but the message that he gives remains the same no matter who he is speaking to.

"If I'm working with 5th and 6th graders, it's going to be even different when I work with 7th and 8th graders," said Guy. "When I'm working with high school kids, it's even again a step up in intensity. If I'm working with the United States Air Force, it's probably another step up in intensity. So, it all varies a bit and the stories change a bit, but the concepts are all the same. It doesn't matter if they are five or 105, it's still all the same behaviors no matter what."*

*Taken from KMA, written by Ryan Matheny*


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