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Speaker urges Horizon students to look at people on the inside

November 15, 2018

This fall speaker David Flood challenged Horizon Middle School East Campus and West Campus students to look at people on the inside.

Flood began his presentations at Horizon by sharing stories about his son Justin, who didn’t have friends and was lonely.

“The other thing you need to know about Justin is he has autism,” Flood said. “He is an awesome kid with autism.”

When someone lives in social isolation they build a wall around themselves, and it is important to reach out to them, Flood said.

“Your first challenge is to stop looking at people on the outside and look on the inside,” Flood told the Horizon students.

He reminded them that they cannot hug anyone using a cell phone. “Do not let this become your connection to the world,” he said, holding up his phone.

Flood reminded students that people act differently in a group, which can pull them down with negative energy. He compared listening to gossip like accepting stolen property, and he warned the students to be aware of what they are sharing online as it can impact their future.

He encouraged students to connect with adults in the school by thanking two adults, and he asked them to make sure that no students eat lunch alone.

“When you perform an act of kindness three people win — you, the person you give to, and anyone who sees it,” Flood said.

Photo: During a presentation at Horizon Middle Schools this fall, speaker David Flood asks a Horizon West student a question to demonstrate the idea of looking at the inside of people instead of the outside.

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