Teen suspended for anti-bullying video with fake suicide

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 05/23/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )

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When Jessica Barba, a freshman at a New York high school, created a Facebook account for a fictional 12-year-old, she was hoping to raise awareness about bullying. But did the school project go too far? NBC's Mara Schiavocampo reports and Barba and her parents speak with TODAY's Matt Lauer about assignment that caught the attention of police and resulted in her suspension.

By Lisa Flam



The high school freshman suspended for five days after she created an anti-bullying video and Facebook page about a fictional girl who commits suicide says she tried to explain her work to school officials to no avail.




Please read the rest and watch her video, at the end of the article. I think it is brilliant



http://moms.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/20...



I cannot believe this young lady that worked so hard to create a project that had meaning, is being suspended. I watched the video and I can honestly say, I was very touched. This video is amazing. This young lady is trying to make a difference to the good and get the word out about the seriousness of bullying and she is kicked down for it. She has disclaimers at the beginning and in the title of the video, that it is fictional. You can tell it is fictional. The message is still very potent and I just find it amazing and uplifting that a teen has made this and is fighting for something she believes so strongly about.



If this was my daughter and her project, I would be very upset with the school and I would be pushing back as hard as I could.



I applaud this young lady! Bravo, I say!



What are your thoughts? Do you think the school is correct or grossly wrong?

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Kelina - posted on 05/24/2012

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seriously? They suspended her, even after they had been told there was a disclaimer on the page saying it was fake? ummmm, what good does that do? And suspended her for what exactly? I would love to know what exactly is going on in our school systems these days. These people have degrees, have gone to school for how many years? they're supposed to be smart!

Jodi - posted on 05/24/2012

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We had a similar assignment when I was in highschool for a socials issues class. And I think the psychology course required something like it too. But it certainly could have been a drama course or some other such thing. In the end, it really doesn't matter what class it was, the girl was asked to create this project about something that mattered to her, and she did...and now she is being punished for a job well done.

Beth - posted on 05/24/2012

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Poor girl, she's so bright and has a good head on her shoulders. Why is it ok for adults to bully kids into submission? Isn't that a big part of kids' bullying: regaining control?

Jodi - posted on 05/23/2012

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Okay, I do think the school is over reacting BIG time. BUT, I appluad the woman who called the cops. If a parent saw my kids facebook page with a status that talked about being dead or killing herself, I would hope someone would do SOMETHING about it. This parent probably didn't take the time to check and see if it was a fictional character, I mean, who would really, and acted appropriately. I think the teen could have done without the fake facebook page to make the video great, she could have just shown her own facebook page and far enough away you couldnt' see the words...but she's 15 and did a GREAT job on her project. Instead of being so severely punished for it, a word of warning for next time and a congratulations on a job well done would be more appropriate. Shame on the school for acting like this is a serious offence instead of just a misunderstanding and a minor mistake.

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MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 05/23/2012

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I'm not too sure what the class was but I can only assume it was perhaps, English class.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 05/23/2012

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Jodi---BUT, I appluad the woman who called the cops. If a parent saw my kids facebook page with a status that talked about being dead or killing herself, I would hope someone would do SOMETHING about it.

Absolutely. I completely agree, here. It is wonderful to know that there are caring people out there. I mean, I know there are but this just makes it apparent. I would hope if a parent saw this on my child's FB and had any doubt, they would raise a red flag.

The school, though, definitely took it way too far. The great thing is, this video has now gone viral. I really think this young lady did a great job. I was truly touched. It brought a few tears to my eyes. Just thinking about all the children (and adults) that are bullied daily and how alone they feel. It is so sad and really gets to me, when I see things in regard to it. It makes my stomach drop and puts a hole in my heart. No one deserves to feel so secluded. I wish more kids would look at bullying, as this young lady did. I also think she really thought outside the box for her project and deserves top marks for it. ;)

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