Some white students would join Leyden's group, either out of gratitude for the help or fear that other students would beat them up.
Music is one of the biggest means of recruiting people to the white supremacist movement, Leyden said. "Skinhead" music uses expletive-filled lyrics that promote violence against non-whites.
Songs from the white power genre can be found on iTunes, and until that changes, Leyden is boycotting all Apple products.
"I don't own anything Apple creates and I won't until they stop selling hateful music," he said.
Neo-Nazis also use video games to recruit children as young as 9, he said.
More than 8 million copies were sold of Ethnic Cleansing, a video game in which the object is to kill people of other races.
Also, Leyden estimates there are more than 14,000 racist websites on the Internet.
Leyden credits his family, including his brothers, mother and grandmother, for helping him get out of the white supremacist movement.
"I got lucky," he said. "I got very, very, very lucky in life."
For more information on Leyden, see his website, www.strhatetalk.com.Reach Lori Kersey at lori.ker...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1240.