"Tears on the Highway" First Screening
Zanesville City Schools paired up with Thomas Brown a couple of months ago to create a video on the dangers of bullying and tonight some select people got to see the first screening of the film.
The video entitled, “Tears on the Highway” documents a bus accident caused by bullying and roughhousing. The video serves as a means of warning kids of the dangers of bullying.
“I've already shown it to a lot of people, had a very good response,” says writer and director Thomas Brown. “The kids who were in the film did a great job. There's some adults in it, as well. We're real proud of it. Everyone involved with it is real proud of it.”
The film will have two versions. One will be toned down for younger audiences, with a more graphic version for older children. State representative Jimmy Stewart, who originally sponsored anti-bullying legislation back in 2004, was one of the many in attendance.
“When we sponsored the school bullying bill, the intent was for all the schools to put a policy in place, but it doesn't end there,” says Stewart. “It's getting the message out and this video is a key part of getting that message out.”
Kevin Appleman, the coordinator of operations and student services for the Zanesville City Schools, is very excited for the video and hopes that the film can help other school districts, as well.