Country music star Tim McGraw made a surprise visit to Grassland Middle School in Tennessee to talk with students about bullying last Friday, but it appears that he confined his remarks to bullying in general, and not homophobia.
According to The Tennessean, the singer spoke about Asher Brown, the 13-year-old Houston boy who shot himself in the head after antigay bullying went unaddressed at his school. However, in the news report and in the video below, McGraw does not mention the fact that Brown was bullied for being gay.
The Tennessean reports that McGraw provided some advice to students: “To keep that from happening to their friends, he encouraged the students to speak up if they see bullying behavior, walk away from bad situations and, above all, not to fall into the trap of becoming a bully."
McGraw made the appearance, his first ever to discuss bullying at school, on the invitation of his nephew who attends Grassland.
Watch the video.