Jaylen Arnold is not happy about bullying, and he’s telling anyone who will listen to stop bullying now. According to the Web site for Jaylen’s Challenge, Jaylen Arnold, the third grader who is the central figure in the anti-bullying campaign that uses his name and has been featured frequently in the media recently, has Tourette’s disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Jaylen’s effort to end bullying is apparently abetted by his parents (Howard and Robin Holt Arnold) and someone named Paul, who helps with the Web management.
This site is the dream of a wonderful little boy named Jaylen. Jaylen suffers from Tourette Syndrome. He wants to educate people about bullying, bringing attention to the difficulties he faces in his day to day living . He hopes to make you laugh, make you cry, but most importantly make you aware that those with disabilities are not only normal – but incredibly special people. With your help and support he can spread the word and teach people to help…not bully.
The Web site is JaylensChallenge.org. Following the text of this post there is a video promoting the cause; I snagged it from among the many on the JaylensChallenge channel of YouTube. Of course, there are Twitter and Facebook pages, too.
The Web site for the anti-bullying effort has reasonably accurate information about Tourette’s. Scott Lilienfeld and Hal Arkowitz, who are professors of psychology at Emory University and the University of Arizona, respectively, provided an informative, brief article about Tourette disorder at Scientific American Mind.