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From Being Bullied to Miss Teen USA: Making Lemonade Out of Lemons

Bullying in middle school leads to a mission to help other kids. Logan West, who is the new Miss Teen USA, has a national platform to promote her anti-bullying message.

At age 12, Logan West was bullied relentlessly because she is bi-racial. One particular incident led to the suspensions for Logan and one of her bullies. During her suspension Logan created an anti-bullying program, BullyProof - A Five Step Program, which she promoted throughout Connecticut schools.

Last Saturday night Logan, now 18, was crowned Miss Teen USA, which gives her a national platform to speak out against bullying! Congratulations to Logan!

About the blogger: Judy S. Freedman, a licensed clinical social worker and bullying prevention specialist, is the author of Easing the Teasing – Helping Your Child Cope with Name-Calling, Ridicule, and Verbal Bullying.'   She lectures and conducts workshops for parents, educators, and mental health professionals throughout the country.  She recently spoke at the National PTA Convention in San Jose, California. Learn more about Judy and her work atwww.easingtheteasing.com.

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McCloud August 01, 2012 at 12:18 AM
I'm white, is there any help for guys like me who are constant targets of the big bad bully? My skin never gets tan, just red in the sun, and there are plenty of bullies who make comments. It may be my skinny legs that attract these scoundrals. Should I make an attempt to engage them or go with the five step approach? Would an inpatient thing work or can this job be done in a series of outpatent work. Will I have to get a urinary catheter as an inpatient?
Shawn August 01, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Hey, hey, hey! This is a no troll feeding zone. Please move on McCloud. Oh, and it's spelled "scoundrels".
IHE August 06, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Wow Shawn - way to support those that have been bullied. Shame on you.
Robbie August 07, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Shawn, your mean sprirtedness shines brightly in a few words as mcclouds words show a person of character. My long experience has shown me that unless you become more like mccloud, your life will be nothing like the suucees that mccloud will enjoy. Life works in this way, learn early.

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