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Jackson’s mother to attend anti-bullying speech by Upper Darby teen Nadin Khoury

September 16, 2011|By Jonathan Tamari, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

Nadin Khoury, the Upper Darby teenager who gained national attention after being attacked by bullies Jan. 11, will be giving an anti-bullying speech in Washington Friday, with DeSean Jackson’s mother expected in the audience.

Khoury and the Eagles wide receiver became friendly after a group of harassers videotaped their torment of the teen, and the video gained national attention. The story gained even more traction when Jackson and fellow Eagles players Todd Herremans and Jamaal Jackson surprised Khoury on The View, offering encouragement.

Now Khoury, 14, is set to be an “ambassador” for a proposed educational show called Listen to Our Voices, which is intended to promote an anti-bullying message that organizers hope can air during the school year.

“I’m just going to talk about how I turned something from a negative to a positive,” Khoury said.

“He’s basically lending his voice to speak up against bullying so that other children don’t have to go through what he went through,” said Joelle Goode, founder and CEO of JMG Productions and executive producer of Listen to Our Voices.

Gayle Jackson, DeSean’s mother, will be in the audience as part of the event.

At the launch Friday, Goode plans to screen a trailer for the program, with the hopes of having the full show ready by May or June.

As part of the launch event, Goode said she will unveil initiatives that seek to recruit NFL players, celebrities, and players’ mothers to speak out against bullying.

“DeSean’s mom has taken a big lead in that in helping other NFL moms to get involved,” Goode said.

The Eagles wide receiver won’t be at the Friday night event, but Goode hoped he could shoot a taped message for Khoury. That aspect is not confirmed yet, though.

Khoury and Gayle Jackson have also been working on an anti-bullying public service announcement with North Carolina-based White Light Productions.

In the January incident that first gained notoriety, seven attackers dragged Khoury through the snow, stuffed him into a tree and hung him by his coat on an iron fence. One of the bullies recorded video of the harassment on a cellphone.


Contact staff writer Jonathan Tamari at 215-854-5214,, or @JonathanTamari on Twitter.