Memphis high school student creates anti-bullying organization to help end violence

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis high school student is working to put an end to bullying in schools.

Arnedra Lathan , a 17-year-old senior at Hillcrest High, started her own organization aimed at giving kids a safe space to talk about their experiences while offering solutions.

Lathan said she got the idea after being bullied herself.

“I went through it, and I always felt alone,” she said. “People didn’t hear me or didn’t care. I see kids that go through bullying every day and feel like they are alone.”

She said the bullying didn’t end until she changed schools and connected with new friends.

Now Lathan and her mother, Deidre Lathan, are stepping up their efforts to protect students after a recent shooting at Cummings School.

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Police said a 13-year-old boy brought a gun to school and shot another student in a stairwell. The victim survived after emergency surgery at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital.

The duo’s organization is called LAMB, which stands for Learning About Mitigating Bullying.

Lathan’s mother said she’s proud of her daughter for taking on a difficult situation she had gone through.

“She realized the severity of it,” Deidre said. “She realized the need to be a voice for those kids who are too afraid to speak up.

The duo said they also want to help kids who are doing the bullying.

“I don’t think they realize how very seriously it hurts the other kids. And the way it makes them feel. Then we have situations like Cummings and Arlington, Texas, and the list goes on.”

LAMB is working on a tour to give students a place to vent and talk about the problems they’re facing before they end in tragedy.

Both mother and daughter have been trained in adverse childhood experiences and violence prevention.

Right now LAMB is working to bring celebrities to the city to help them reach out to students.

The tour will start in middle and high schools.

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