Banned film explores bullying's fatal effects (FILM)

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Top right: Audience members, including Crestview High sophomores Josh Hall and Ashton Williams, watch the first screening of "Breaking Point." Bottom: A group of Crestview High School students portray bullies in "Breaking Point," a short film banned by the Okaloosa County School district.

Published: Monday, November 25, 2013 at 11:22 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Around 63 percent of Crestview High School students have been bullied at least once in their lives, according to statistics featured at the end of "Breaking Point," a film depicting the potentially tragic outcome.

The 25-minute film — timed for release during Anti-Bullying Week — depicts a Crestview High student driven to suicide. Crestview High alumni Jack Barr and Dylan Cobb portray the victim, Ryan Abrams, and bully, Dylan King, respectively.

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Okaloosa school district officials banned the film, which producers premiered Tuesday at Warriors Hall in Crestview.

Crestview High sophomore Ashton Williams said he had probably witnessed bullying but wasn't aware of it at the time.

Seeing "Breaking Point" changed that.

"Everybody who's seen it (the video ... now) knows what bullying looks like," Ashton said. "Some people don't realize what's happening and what's going on when they're seeing bullying."

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