WASHINGTON (WOOD) — A southwest Michigan 11-year-old who stood up to cyberbullies received a private tour of the White House Tuesday evening, including a special visit to the West Wing and Oval Office.
Logan Fairbanks of Hartford made a video of himself reading mean comments that had been posted on YouTube videos he made with his father. He told 24 Hour News 8 he did it to take the power away from the bullies and give hope to people who have been bullied.
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“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 on Tuesday while his family saw the sights in the nation’s capital.
The video went viral. Among the hundreds of thousands of people who saw it was White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, who then invited Logan and his family for a visit.
She met with them privately Tuesday night, and after the tour even tied Logan’s shoelace so he wouldn’t fall.
“I think part of the reason why what Logan did resonated so well is he could turn the tables and he, in a sense, said to the bully, ‘You’re not going to hurt me, but let me let you hear your words right back so you can imagine how you might feel if those words were directed at you,’” Jarrett said.