Anti-bullying video earns boy a trip to the White House

HARTFORD (AP) — A southwestern Michigan boy’s online video in which he stood up to cyberbullies has earned him messages from prominent figures, appearances on news stations and now a private tour of the White House.

Logan Fairbanks of Hartford, 11, and his family received the invitation from White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, who set up the visit to highlight the issue of bullying and encourage others who are trying to stop bullies, she told WOOD-TV.

Logan gained national attention earlier this month by confronting cyberbullies who posted hurtful comments on YouTube videos he and his father made.

The video, which was posted on July 7, has nearly 1 million views on the popular video-sharing website.

“I want to make a stand not only for people that are being bullied, but I want to also help bullies not bully anymore,” Logan said.

Since posting his video, Logan has been interviewed about 20 times by different news organizations, including CNN and the Boris and Nicole Show, the Kalamazoo Gazette reported.

Logan and his father, Josh, also plan to start a nonprofit organization, called Take the Power, to empower victims of cyberbullying, hate speech and other forms of hurtful language.


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