(Photo: Anti-bullying YouTube video by students at Bellevue High School)
Two students created a video account of a student who claims she experienced bullying in the school five days after the beginning of the school year. The twist: A stunning surprise at the end.
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BELLEVUE, Ky. -- A group of students at Bellevue High School are on a mission to stop bullying, creating a video that shows the dire consequences of the act.
Fifteen students helped create the anti-bullying video to submit for the Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), a learning program that allows students to advance their knowledge of technology.
Bellevue Independent Schools posted the video to their Facebook account after it was published Thursday. It is an account of a student who claims she experienced bullying in the school five days after the beginning of the school year.
"I kept thinking how I felt in the fourth grade, when this girl treated me like this," said Julie Rardin, whose experience inspired the video.
The video, viewed nearly 2,000 times in less than 24 hours, begins with a testimony from a girl who was bullied. As the video shows high schoolers pushing others to the ground in the hallway, the girl reads statistics, saying "77 percent of students have admitted to being the victim of one type of bullying or another."
At the end, the video portrays an unfortunate dramatized result of bullying: A teenage girl goes into the school bathroom to hang herself with an electrical cord.
"We knew it would be powerful. We knew they would get that feeling. It would strike the nerve as they say," said Jim Seward, the school's IT engineer.
Despite the extreme footage, the school's Facebook page received positive feedback about the video, with users saying it is "powerful and on-target." Another user said it made him emotional.
Watch the video below. (NOTE: Graphic scene at 0:41 seconds in.)
Kentucky Department of Education on Bullying and Harassment
"Bullying Bill" or House Bill 91
Kentucky law 158.156 of Offense against a student
Kentucky law 525.080 Harassing communications
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