Bullied to a Breaking Point: Two Harbors Student Targeted with "Fat Camp"
TWO HARBORS-In a movement gaining more exposure each school year, kids and parents asking for zero bullying tolerance are growing in numbers.
This week FOX 21's Jacob Kittilstad brings us a three part series on the dangerous issue - focused on the victims and the districts doing their homework to help.
In the first installment, the damages of bullying hit one student in Two Harbors who, targeted for his weight and hair color, tried to drop out of high school at age 14.
Two Harbors Golf Course is a sanctuary for Logan Anderson. He says it helps him stay calm despite the wedge put between him and his schoolwork.
"It just helps me by thinking of a place to hit, just put my mind on that and take everything else out,” Logan said, while taking a swing with his driver.
He adds that the practice could land him a varsity team spot next season.
Logan's latest challenge, however, has been away from the links. After enrolling at Two Harbors High School, Logan’s mother says eleven kids had been teasing him relentlessly for his appearance the entire school year.
"They were making signs that said this is when fat camp is offered and they were giving them to him with dates, prices, times,” Chris Anderson, Logan’s mom, said.
“The point was they were trying to make me mad,” Logan said. "I'll try to walk away when they start coming toward me but sometimes it doesn't work and they'll start calling me names."
"I've tried to overcome it before but sometimes I can't,” Logan said.
Family knows Logan as a happy child growing up but his mother says she watched her sons' fast change - never more apparently than the car rides home from class.
"He would instantly be sad and throw his bag in the car and shut off and that's devastating to a parent when you have a child who is usually very open and very happy,” Chris said.
"One kid just started calling me names and then all of them just came along with it,” Logan said. "They come up to me and they just start calling me fat and stuff in my ear. Then they'll keep trying to get something out of me – see where my limits are."
"Logan had also gotten hurt around that time so he was on crutches,” his mom said.
"And they would take his crutches and he would have to walk all the way across the school to go get them because they would take them away from him,” Chris said. “They would pull them out from underneath him when he was walking and I think that's kind of when he was like, ‘okay, this can't happen anymore’."
Now, Logan says, the bullying has subsided somewhat.
"I go to my principal to talk about it. He will just, he will send the other principal out to find that person and then sometimes we will all sit down and then they will say to that person 'stop or you'll get major consequences',” Logan said.
But the damage, his mother says, will be difficult to reverse after the months of hounding.
"He went from being a 3.6–3.8 student to being less that 2.0 now. That is very serious to me,” Chris said.
Logan actually has defended his bullies in the past saying he deserved it because he was the "easy target".
Now that's changed in his mind. He says he just hopes he can change others as well.
"I'm a nice, kind person around and I have friends in my neighborhood and stuff. And a lot of the little kids look up to me,” Logan said.
But although he seems to be in a better place now his mother remembers it was only five months ago that her son reached his breaking point.
"Logan said he would never go back to school. He said 'I will jump in a fire before I go back to school',” Chris said.
“Logan has never, never said anything that would make me worry about him physically harming himself until that day and I knew it was even more serious than we wanted to believe,” Logan’s mother said.