Announcing the newest
LICENSEES of "IT'S EASY!"...
Director: Jackie Selman,
Theater Arts Teacher
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
Director Christine Lee, Music Teacher
GOOD NEWS BULLETIN BOARD
10-year-old Florida 5th Grader bullied since 3rd Grade asks his mom, "Why is it only happening to me?"
LOGAN is a huge FLORIDA GATORS FOOTBALL FAN who likes to draw and play sports. He is an "OVERALL REALLY GOOD KID" who is "LOVING" and "PASSIONATE ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE'S FEELINGS" according to his mom with "the cutest laugh that no one else has!" But he rarely laughs or smiles these days. Even his teachers have commented, "I want to bring back the laughing Logan."
The bullying started in a 3rd Grade PE class as students walked laps around the outdoor track and Logan bent down to tie his sneaker... next thing he knew, 2 boys jumped him, kicking him in his side and hitting him in his chest. He lost his breath, tears came quickly, and his reaction was to swing back at them. The teacher only saw Logan swing and he was reported with one other boy to the Dean for "a fight between boys." Logan was very brave. He stood up for himself with the Dean, insisting he had been attacked and not involved in a "fight." Eventually, the Dean believed him and apologized. WAY TO SPEAK UP, LOGAN!!
We know well it is not only happening to Logan... NO ONE deserves to be bullied, yet over 70% of U.S. students have seen bullying in their schools.
Most bullying takes place where adults are not around like hallways, cafeterias, bathrooms and the playground. 20% of reported bullying incidents according to the CDC take place in PE or gym class. That's where the bullying started for Logan.
TEACHERS: Simply play this Youtube Video by our ON-AIR TEEN AMBASSADOR, BRIELLE WITHERS, to teach your students all about Logan!
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However, the bullying has continued by the same boys throughout the 3rd and 4th grades and to the present. He's switched out of classes to get away from these bullies. The bullies told other kids not to be friends with Logan. They called Logan mean and untrue names like UGLY, FAT, and STUPID and, when he spoke up about the bullying, he was called a "CRYBABY."
Logan is known to reach out to other kids who he sees being bullied. He makes a point to go over and talk to them. In 4th Grade, a boy was made fun of because he was on crutches. So, every morning at the car line, without being asked, Logan would offer to carry that boy's book-bag into school.
It's not as easy for Logan to know what to do about being bullied himself. In the beginning, Logan tried to hide his hurt by being a "class clown" but now the on-going bullying has taken away his smile. He even tried to make friends with one of the bullies... at first that seemed to work as the bully started to be nice to him. Logan felt a little hope as he entered 5th Grade this year. His mom said he actually SMILED the first day when she picked him up at school and said, "I want to have a different year this year!" But then, in gym class, that same boy BODY-SLAMMED LOGAN into a wall when no one was looking, and the hope he felt inside crumbled.
It's easy to understand how Logan is struggling to feel okay. Anxiety from the on-going bullying causes him to break down in school and to "freeze"during tests. His grades have slipped, says his mom. Logan tells her that he has no friends at all. Logan bravely struggles to stay resilient, but it's hard to endure daily bullying, and he has sometimes felt like giving up. He has asked to be removed from the school completely. His mom is researching new schools for next year, but meanwhile....
LOGAN REALLY NEEDS OUR SUPPORT - AND NOW!!
Logan needs to know he is not alone!
He needs to know that he IS an awesome friend who is FRIEND STRONG!
YOU CAN HELP us to overpower those bullies in his school with our army of kindness
and tell him how much you admire his UPSTANDER SPIRIT!
Let's help Logan through this school year by sending support!
PLEASE Mail Letters for Logan to...
See The Wish/Be-A-Friend Project
246 Main Street
Cold Spring, NY 10516
DUE DATE FOR LOGAN'S LETTERS IS DECEMBER 4TH!
Or, you can skip the postage and email your letter or drawing
(embedded in the email or a clear picture or scanned letter) to email@example.com
We'll print it out and include it in his "Friend Mail" package!
The Be-A-Friend Project does not give advice, therapy or intervention.
Our one purpose is to send letters and cards of encouragement and caring from kids to kids.