Santa's letter brings Harlem Globetrotters to Rocky Mount school
ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WTVD) -- The school made famous by a little boy who wrote to Santa got a big lesson in bullying.
When 8-year-old Ryan Suffern sent Santa his wish list, he didn't include the toys or video games. Instead, he asked for the kids at his Rocky Mount school to stop bullying his twin sister Amber.
Their mother posted the letter on her Facebook page, and soon after the post went viral, allowing the family to share their heartfelt message nationally on Good Morning America.
On Thursday, the Harlem Globetrotters made a stop at Rocky Mount Preparatory School to teach the students the ABC's of preventing bullying.
The Harlem Globetrotters make visits to schools all across the country, but when they heard Amber and Ryan's story, they decided to add a stop in Rocky Mount.
Ryan received special recognition from Harlem Globetrotter and Wilson, N.C. native Ant Atkinson for his selfless request. After the school's assembly, Ryan and Amber got autographed basketballs and were named "Junior Phenoms" by the Globetrotters for their exemplary friendship.
The twins' mother said she has noticed a positive change in Amber since her storied garnered national attention.
"Things have definitely been looking up," mother Karen Suffern said. "She's still shy and she's still unsure of herself because she does have other issues going on, but I have noticed that there's a change and she actually does want to come to school."
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