West Michigan Boy Confronts YouTube Bullies in Viral Video
A father and son from Hartford, Mich., have been posting funny prank videos to YouTube for the past year.
When 11-year-old Logan Fairbanks noticed cruel comments directed at him online, he asked his dad, Josh, to film him doing something extremely brave: confronting internet bullies.
The video shows Logan calmly reading the insults of his bullies, calling him "fat", "stupid", "ugly", and saying "I hope he dies" and "I hope he gets cancer".
Logan says he asked for his dad's help to make the video for two reasons:
"For me to encourage other people to not bully people online; and my second reason is to to encourage other people that have been bullied to not let words hurt them".
Josh Fairbanks told ABC News, "I was very hesitant [to allow Logan to make the video]....I knew he had seen some comments, but I also knew that he hadn't seen anywhere near the worst of them."
On the posting of the YouTube video, he says of his son, " I hope one day I have as much courage as he does."
Since being published, Logan's video has been viewed over 500,000 times.
Logan told ABC News, "I wanted to show that I could be strong against whatever people said against me and to inspire others who deal with the same thing. People from Sweden, England,Israel and all over have emailed us. It means a lot to me to see that my video is affecting people for good from around the world."