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PORT CLINTON, OH (WTOL) - A filmmaker based in Port Clinton is using his talent to put the spotlight on the problem of bullying.
Thomas Brown's film, Final Quarter, features real students in the film about bullying.
"They used kids our age," said Gabriel DeFreitas, a student at Port Clinton Middle School, "so that helped us see how it could affect us."
Cameron King is an 8th grader who starred in the film. "In the beginning of it, I play the bully. In the end of it, I get bullied."
Brown of Closer Look Films says the goal is to put students who see it through a roller coaster ride with the story.
"We want kids to think about the harm that's caused by bullying other people, and the consequences of it. Not just to them, but themselves as an adult as you reflect on what you did to somebody," Brown said.
The film, produced in Port Clinton, is also helping a cause at Port Clinton Middle School.
"There's a significant perception by the community that bullying happens. And a great deal of it, and I would say the biggest percentage of it, is in the middle school age," said Principal Carrie Sanchez.
But Sanchez says the abuse was going undetected until now.
"We gained a lot of support from area businesses. And we created an anti-bullying program that was titled, 'I will not stand by. I will stand up,'" Sanchez said.
At the middle school 300 signed a pledge form and in return got a t-shirt and bracelet, showing they're going to stand up to bullying.
"You can't wear your t-shirt every day, but you can wear your wristband every day. It kind of gives the kids the sense of community, that I'm not the only one who believes that doing the right thing is the right thing to do," said Sanchez.
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