An 11-year-old Michigan boy recently made headlines for confronting his online tormentors with a heart-rending video.
Logan Fairbanks, who uploads funny pranks videos on YouTube with his dad, was cruelly targeted by nameless denizens of the Internet. To call out the bullies on their dehumanizing behavior, the young boy created a video of himself reading the mean comments out loud.
Although his video was meant to remind bullying victims that nasty words are just words and that bullies should stop causing distress to others, the hurtful expressions on Fairbanks’ face were enough to remind everyone how upsetting these comments could be.
The video soon went viral and received almost a million views. In fact, the 11-year-old became a bit of an online celebrity after being featured by several national media outlets.
His inspirational message caught attention of many – including one of President Barack Obama’s senior advisors Valerie Jarrett, who was so touched by the video that she not only publicly praised the boy, but also extended the Fairbanks family a special invitation to visit the White House.
Meanwhile, the Fairbanks family wants to use their new found fame to bring attention towards the issue of cyber bullying. They are even meeting up with their home-state U.S. Rep. Fred Upton to set up an organization that could go into schools and provide support to students and teachers to ward off bullying.
In addition to that, the father-son duo who has recently visited the Lincoln Memorial and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is also starting a non-profit organization Take the Power.
"Our goal is to help empower victims of cyber bullying, hate speech and other forms of hurtful language to take the power out of those words," said Josh Fairbank, boy’s father. "I'm not sure if I could be more proud of him. I'm not perfect by any stretch of the imagination and to see him making such a huge difference helps me feel like maybe I just did a few things right."
Moreover, they are working with a company called Student Health and Wellness Group to go into schools and survey students and staff about the effect of cyber bullying.
"I want to let people know that they can be strong and they can take the power away from hurtful words being said about them," explained Logan Fairbanks.
The family still couldn’t believe that they have been invited to Washington D.C.; however, they hope that their endeavors could help people who are victims of bullying.