Pleasanton's very own American Idol contestant Maddy Hudson visited Pleasanton Middle School Friday to spread her message about anti-bullying.
Hudson, a victim of bullying while in middle school at a different district, encouraged students to speak up when they see bullying, to consider why bullies do what they do and that all students can support each other to stop negative behavior.
"Maddy's message is one of hope, encouragement and staying true to your dream," said Nicole Steward, coordinator of communication and community engagement.
In addition, Hudson performed for the students during lunch and spent time with a smaller group of students talking about her personal experience as a victim of bullying.
The Pleasanton teen was welcomed by all the students -- receiving cheers, flowers and requests for photographs and autographs.