Banned film explores bullying's fatal effects (FILM)

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

Ashton's grandparents, the Rev. Gene and Marcia Strickland, also attended a screening. Pastor Strickland said he wished more students and parents could see it.

"Things like this tend to open up some avenues of discussion among people," he said.

Dale Allen, whose daughter, Kyndalle, played the bully's sister in the video, said the production teaches an important lesson about using social media as a bullying tool.

"It's a touchy subject," he said. "I hate that people turn a blind eye to bullying, especially with social networks, where it's so easy to bully someone and not even think about it."

Superintendent of Schools Mary Beth Jackson has said she was concerned that the suicide scene could drive students to take their lives.

"I don't think that's a valid concern," Ashton said. "If people wanted to do it (commit suicide), they'd figure out how."

Amber Ellis, the film's producer, said the suicide scene was crucial.

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