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Local Men Share Story of Bullying on 'Ellen' Show


Roanoke, VA - A Radford University student who was the victim of potential hate crimes earlier this year got to tell his story on the Ellen DeGeneres Show Monday.

The story of sophomore Jordan Addison shows how following your heart can lead to some very good things when the only expectation you have is to help someone in need.

From March until May, four different incidents rocked Addison's life that continue to affect the way he lives.

"It upsets me a lot. They must be filled with a lot of hate to be able to do something like that," he said.

A threat and homophobic slurs were scratched into his car, and that caught the attention of Richard Junior Henegar, who knew right when a client told him about Addison that he would step in and help.

"It was my duty to help this young man. Once I saw the car and I met the young man I knew I had to help him," said Henegar from Quality Auto Paint & Body.

That led to local news coverage, which then exploded into an outpouring of support that stretches across the globe.

"That has meant the world to us. I can't believe we have touched so many people and that's an amazing feeling," said Henegar.

That's because Henegar's crew at Quality Auto Paint and Body put thousands of dollars and 100 man hours into fixing the physical damage.

"To be able to put $10,000 and 100 volunteer hours into someone's car you have never met before...there are no words to describe how kind hearted he has to be to do that," said Henegar.

The gesture caught the eye of Ellen DeGeneres as well, and she invited both men to appear on her show.

"Ellen and her crew are amazing. They are really down to earth. They are very welcoming people. I loved it," said Henegar.

But that comes with a negative price as well since authorities have yet to find those responsible.

"I'm definitely a little scared that there might be some retaliation," said Addison.

With the help of the community, Addison has added some security precautions to his residence where the initial vandalism took place.

The silver lining is that both Addison and the folks at Quality Auto Paint and Body hope to use this experience to help further the message that bullying is unacceptable by jointly sponsoring some upcoming themed events.

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