Scary Guy Drops In

PUBLISHED: 17:18 13 March 2008 | UPDATED: 22:08 26 October 2009

The Scary Guy

The Scary Guy

WHAT would be your first impressions of a man who stands 6ft tall, is covered by tattoos, has piercings over his face, and whose name is The Scary Guy? Initial thoughts which entered my head were that this man was some sort of thug-like character who

WHAT would be your first impressions of a man who stands 6ft tall, is covered by tattoos, has piercings over his face, and whose name is The Scary Guy?

Initial thoughts which entered my head were that this man was some sort of thug-like character who wouldn't have been out of place in a wrestling ring.

On first seeing him I thought he was a convict who couldn't have been long out of jail.

How wrong first impressions can be.

In fact this man, who officially changed his name from Earl Kaufmann in 1998, is a campaigner for the elimination of anger, hate, violence and death worldwide.

Despite having a face emblazoned with tattoos and piercings and one of the most unapproachable names you are likely to come across, his message is clear: don't judge a book by its cover.

The 54-year-old travels the world giving inspiring speeches to schools, social services, prisons and detention centres with the ambition, in his own words, to "change the mindset of the world."

On Wednesday evening the American stopped by at Campus West, WGC, to give a conference to police officers from Herts Constabulary and some county councillors - but not before speaking exclusively to the WHT.

He said: "I focus on showing children and adults how to love and accept everybody no matter who they are or what they look like.

"I want people to understand that they can be who they want and not to react to how other people think they should be.

"I get to work with people all over the world and I never got any of my knowledge from books, I got it all from the street, just by being with people and taking in their life stories.

"Whenever I leave somewhere I will always get letters from people who I left, I get about 4,000 letters a month.

"I got a letter once from a mum who had seen such a change in her son and she was thanking me, and I had never even met this woman."

Scary has been taking his talks over the world since 1998 and has calls to visit 75 countries.

His message to the police force in our county was simple: "One man can not take away all the violence and hate on his own, I need your help to eradicate the anger.

"People can watch films and play computer games these days where they can see a million ways to blow a person up, but it is my efforts I want to share with you to change the mindset.

"People may think I am scary, but I am the new face of love."

To find out more on The Scary Guy visit his website www.thescaryguy.com

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