Local Teen Honored at National Youth Activist Awards

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In January, Franklin High School teen Lauren Williams had her wig ripped off by a group of students during a bullying incident. The students also posted video of the incident on social media.

Lauren’s story gained national attention, even from celebrities. Model Tyra Banks took to Instagram after she heard what happened to Lauren.

@lauren.williams02 Hey LuLu, it’s TyTy. I’m not wearing my wig either, and I want everyone reading this to post pics without their weaves and wigs, too! But I want to let you know how unbelievably fierce you are. Hair is nice to have but as my gorgeous girl @jeanaturner on #ANTM just showed the world, Tyovers can also be about REMOVING hair to rock your true beauty. Someone momentarily lacking judgement and kindness pulled off your wig and another person felt the need to chase you down and capture it all on camera. But what they fail to realize is those moments changed you forever…for the better!!! Like you said when you shaved your head – you took BACK the power! LuLu, you are strong and you are FIERCE and I want you to continue to be courageously LOUD! Girls around the world need warrior queens like you. TyTy loves you LuLu! And so do so many people. Let’s all spread love to LuLu. She and so many young ladies around the world need and deserve that love. So post your pics and remove that fake hair for LuLu! #Love2LuLu 💛TYRA

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Since the incident in January, Lauren has become an anti-bullying advocate and will be honored at the 2018 National Youth Activist Awards today, June 24th at the Omni Hotel & Resorts in downtown Nashville.

The National Youth Activist Awards is inspired by students and youth activist who strive to go beyond the call of duty to make sure their communities are a better place to live, while focusing on a better tomorrow for today’s youth. Youth and young adults ages 8 – 27 are nominated by the community and awarded in 11 categories. Learn more here.