Myrtle Beach man putting an end to bullying one beatbox at a time
Myrtle Beach, S.C. (WPDE) —
One local man is hoping to stop to bullying with the power of beats.
Through a unique program that features beatboxing, Richard Crout, or "Decm the Human Boomin System," wants to bring a new intervention technique to Horry County Schools.
Crout has been beatboxing for and with students and faculty in the Horry County School system for the past couple of years at assemblies. Now, he wants to bring his program to each school in the system to help end bullying.
He says he's glad to finally be using his talents to help others.
Crout spends most of his time deejaying for beach weddings or marrying couples on the beach, but any other time he's beatboxing.
He's been doing it since the 80s when he fell in love with it. Now, he's using his skills to help stop bullying.
"It's terrible what's going on in the schools today. There's so much bullying and trolling on line you know," he said.
After hearing about how many students take their lives as a result of being bullied, he knew he had to do something.
During the school year, you can catch him dropping beats with the kids or performing at anti-bullying events.
"You gain confidence, you gain friends. Sometimes kids just don't know what to do, they don't know how to interact with other kids. If you were to see a kid ripping a sick beat, you'd be like, 'Whoa that was pretty cool,'" said Crout.
He says beatboxing has helped several people out of bad situations and he's hoping it will help many more.
"It's been a beautiful, beautiful reception from everywhere that I do it, every place that I go. I'm just happy to be able to use my talent right now, at this point in my life, to do something positive for the kids," he said.
In September, Crout is planning to hold "Camp Beatbox," a three-day beatbox championship for kids from all over the country. It will serve as an anti-bully and autism awareness event.
Crout's also working to start a non-profit so he won't have to charge schools when he makes his visits.