At the young age of just 13-years-old Jaylen Arnold is on a mission. Born with autism and tourette's syndrome, Jaylen used to get bullied at school on a daily basis.
"When I was bullied I was scared to tell anybody cause I thought it would get worse because I was sick," Jaylen said.
Knowing first-hand how bullying can hurt, Jaylen, at just 8-years-old, began a non-profit called Jaylen's Challenge. "The main goal is to help everybody and try to banish bullying for all. Bullying no way like the wristband says," Jaylen said.
Now Jaylen's message is getting national attention. Starting today, Jaylen and actor Dash Mihok are kicking off a "No Bullies In School" campaign.
Mihok joined Jaylen because he too was bullied because of his tourettes. "He is changing the world one person at a time, and one website hit at at time in a massive way. He changed my life in a massive way," Mihok said to the students at Monday's event.
The campaign kicked off Monday afternoon at Crystal Academy in Lakeland and will travel to schools around the country throughout the school year.
"I like seeing where he's going, what he's doing, and all the people that he's telling the message too," Calyton Canning said. He is an 8th grader at Crystal Academy.
"I even have bullies message me and say I used to pick on kids and thank you so much for leading me to the truth that I shouldn't do that," Jaylen said.
Jaylen spoke at the school last year as feel and his message is already making a difference.
"They're wearing the bracelets that he's giving and they're expanding his message and less people are getting bullied everyday I see," 8th grader Devin Bryan said.
"The more people that know the less people are getting bullied, and more people are standing up for people who are getting bullied," 7th grader Gabriella Thomas said.
That's exactly what Jaylen's message is all about.
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