It hurt. It made him angry. But, it didn’t break him.
It only made him more resolved to fight for what’s right, to stand up for what he believes in.
Earlier this year he founded Agora — a group that provides space for people from all walks of life to talk, listen and discuss issues.
People don’t listen to each other, Elijah says, they just jump down each other’s throats. Agora is a space for people to talk and respect each other, where people can disagree and still be civil.
To him, it’s simple.
“Just love your neighbor,” he says.
He has big ideas on how to help York, and he wants to prove himself as someone who matters, who can affect change.
Those people who made his high school years hell – he’s over them.
But they did light a fire in him. Elijah’s purpose is bigger than he is now.
He’s going to make a difference.
He’s not in 9th grade anymore, and he won’t just sit down and take it.