News Archive 2009-2018

Slideshow: Students Give Out ‘Hugs’ to Combat ‘Haters’ Archives

Jared Littlejohn '15 gives a bear hug to Cynthia Cammarn

Jared Littlejohn ’15 recently watched a YouTube video that a bullied teen girl made before committing suicide. Some young people, after watching such a video, might feel sad for a few minutes and then continue on with their lives. Not Littlejohn.

In the span of a few days, Littlejohn organized an on-campus fundraiser, Hugs Against Haters, to raise money for suicide hotlines. With the help of his fellow Residential Life staffers, Littlejohn stood outside Smith Union for three hours on a recent afternoon giving out hugs for free or for a small donation to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline and the Trevor Project, which is a suicide hotline for bullied LGBTQ kids.

Post by Margot Howard ’13