Don't bully is a message that many young people are receiving these days, but it perhaps may resound a bit stronger when they have a chance to act out some of its consequences.
Members of CAPPA, Community for Progressive Positive Action, put together a short video on anti-bullying that was unveiled to the public at the Williamsport Community Arts Center during the second day of the fourth annual Billtown Film Festival Monday night.
"Enough is Enough" serves as a one-minute public service announcement on anti-bullying.
Lycoming County District Attorney Eric Linhardt honored CAPPA for its production of an anti-bullying video during the Billtown Film Festival at the Community Arts Center Monday. From front left are Keshaun Connor, Shaky’a El, An-Nisa Jones, Keara Trice, Christian Thompson and Wyheem James. Second row, D’Angelo Strachon, Diamierre Evans, Kailyn Frierson and Kenya Fowler. Back row Dewey Dobbs, a teacher with CAPPA, Linhardt, and Ethan Burch, of CAPPA.
Later, the youths were presented awards for their efforts in putting together and serving as actors in the film.
Lycoming County District Attorney Eric Linhardt was on hand to laud them for their efforts in promoting anti-bullying.
Bullying, he said, often happens when adults are not present.
He urged young people to speak up and not be passive when they witness it.
"It's important to be an example to others," he said.
Victims of bullying, he said, often are those who are alienated and without friends.
But that doesn't make bullying right.
Linhardt said everyone has a responsibility to reach out to victims.
CAPPA Executive Director Lonnie Gamble credited the youths for their work, as well as others who helped put together the short film.
Dewey Dobbs, a teacher of CAPPA's after-
school program, helped put the film's script together.
Ethan Burch, of Williamsport, directed "Enough is Enough," which shows the possible tragic consequences of bullying.
Burch said the CAPPA students submitted ideas and helped shape the story.
He said the video was fun to make.
"We filmed half of the film at Penn College and half at CAPPA (located) at Unity Christian Fellowship," he said.
Eileen Harley, CAPPA academic enrichment coordinator, said the students' participation in making the film offered them a wonderful opportunity to share in something important.
"It's being part of a message we are trying to embrace," she said.
CAPPA is a Williamsport-based progressive non-profit youth intervention and development program.
Following the public service announcement, the full-length motion picture, "Bully" by Lee Hirsch was shown.
The movie, following the lives of five students who endure bullying, premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.