Mesa students create anti-bullying video, hope to spread message

MESA, AZ - Augusta Ranch Elementary fifth grader Isabela Burkhead finds it hard at times to deal with bullying in the classroom.

"I find myself being bullied and I want to retaliate," said Burkhead.

She’s not alone.

"You just get mad and you decide to be grumpy person,” added fellow fifth grader Madelyn Fell.

Overcoming bullying at the school can be tough, but a decision by their teacher to have students put together an anti-bullying video at the end of the school year provided them with hope.


Each student, holding up a sign or writing their feelings on their arms, openly share with the public how it feels to be bullied.

“We wanted to make something that was dramatic in order to help people understand what bullying can do,” said teacher Krista Krein.

The dramatic video ends with everyone coming together, the bullies understanding the victims and vice versa.

And for Fell, she says that working together with students on the video made a big difference toward the end of the school year.

"A lot of people were being a lot nicer to each other once they saw the video,” said Fell. “They were just, pretty much, being all-around better people."

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