Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Dog Chapman to Bring His Message to Teens

The star of the television show "Dog the Bounty Hunter" plans to visit Mooseheart this spring to talk about his life and his faith.

Duane "Dog" Chapman will host a pair of Christian music concerts at the school's field house April 11 and 12.

"He's got some affinity for what this place is and what it does," said Mooseheart spokesman Darryl Mellema.

Chapman is scheduled to speak for 45 minutes before The Rush Tour concerts each night.

Bands include Echoing Angels, Emery, Inhabited, Flatfoot 56 and Will Duvall.

Students from Mooseheart will attend the April 11 concert.

Although Chapman, a born-again Christian who spent time in prison for armed robberies and as an accessory to murder, might seem like an unusual choice to talk to kids, Mellema said it's what some students from troubled backgrounds might need.

"He may be able to engage the kids in some way that someone from a squeaky-clean background can't," he said. "Most of them have had some ups and downs, and it can help to see someone who has had ups and downs and still has their faith."

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