School Fears Bullying Film Will Spur on Suicide

CRESTVIEW-- The 25 minute film entitled 'Breaking Point,' follows the fictional life of Ryan, a student victimized by bullying.

A number of organizations, including Okaloosa district schools helped make the film.

The students and parents behind it, hoped to show it in schools to raise awareness. But district school administrators have decided against showing the video to students.

"The way we address our anti-bullying campaigns here in Okaloosa county schools is not the way it's being addressed in the video. The video, depicts sadly, a high school student who decides to take his life because of a bully," said Andy Johnson of student services.

Administrators point to recent cases where students have committed suicide following watching anti-bullying videos. They say that's a risk they don't want to take.

But those involved in the movie don't believe the material is too graphic.They say they know it isn't, because they've all have seen bullying first hand.

"You can see people getting harassed in the hallways at school. You see it happening, and you usually just walk by, you don't really care," said the films star Jack Barr.

"We have had incidents with bullying, and nothing was done about it," agreed film producer Amber Ellis.

So instead, the producers have rented out Warriors hall, where they'll screen breaking pint a number of times over the next several days.

"I'm just hoping that they will realize, that suicide is not the only way out. That you should talk to someone about it," said school anti-bullying club creator Danielle Ellis.

The film will be shown Friday evening at Warriors Hall.


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