Teen raises bullying awareness

image (1) By Logan Slaughter

My name is Logan Slaughter. I’m from a small Arkansas town called Harrison, a place full of churches, football games and hills. I’m very proud of the people and town. They are the colors of my heart and soul.

I graduated last May from high school and since then I’ve reflected on my school days. One thing that stands out in memory is bullying. It’s a tragedy that happens every day in America. I’m spreading awareness and working to put an end to it.

I have Asperger syndrome. But I myself was fortunate enough to have never been bullied. I do, however, know how it feels to feel empty and friendless. When one doesn’t have anyone to interact with they often end up feeling unloved. Due to my personal experiences, I discovered I had a heart for kids who were left out. I became their friend, someone who had their backs. I had no time for cliques, because I truly love everybody.image

I have started a no-bullying platform that I want to share with the world. We can all be better but first we have to do better. I want kids and teens to share their struggles and hard times in school and in life. So much of the time we keep everything in and it eats at us. Many teenagers have thought about suicide. It’s so prevalent in today’s society.

I’m a big fan of Dolly Parton and know that Dolly’s from my favorite place, The Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee. Her song “Coat of Many Colors” is very relatable to the topic of bullying. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet Dolly and even invited her to my senior prom. She’s a hero to me.

My wish is for every child to feel important, to know they have a genuine friend—one who has been where they are and believes in them. I think it helps because when one takes time to understand a child, they can make them feel safe and comfortable being themselves.

I encourage others to share their stories on my personal Facebook blog. You can also find me on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. If you want your story to be private, send me an email at Timetoendbullying-now@gmail.com.

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