Banned anti-bullying video premieres Tuesday in Crestview (VIDEO)

Published: Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 05:40 PM.

Ellis praised Barr, who plays Ryan, the bullying victim, as a "good sport" and a "trooper" for his patience and performance in some of the more difficult and emotional scenes.

Banned from schools

Because of the video's emotional content, Ellis said Okaloosa Schools Superintendant Mary Beth Jackson decided against allowing the video to be shown in area schools.

Jackson said she couldn't allow even the hint of suicide after she learned that two students in Sparks, Nev., took their lives after watching a similar video.

"If a person is already teetering at the end of their rope, and they think there's nowhere to go, I'm certainly not going to ... let our students see that," she said.

Jackson said she and several other school district representatives saw the video and agreed it was inappropriate.

Ellis hopes parents will join their children and attend one of several screenings scheduled for Tuesday and Friday.

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