Apr 27, 2013 6:18 PM by Sam Salzwedel

Kids make videos to stop bullying

TUCSON - Local students have been producing videos to stop bullying.

Dozens of public service announcements, made by kids, screened at The Loft Cinema Saturday.

Levi Fallavollita is in the 7th grade at Old Vail Middle School. He helped make a video because he has been a victim.

"You feel different," he said. "You don't feel good about yourself."

Levi even wrote a book about bullying that is available on Amazon. He thinks he can make a difference.

"One person can maybe stop it if they have enough courage," he said, "but I think if a lot of people stand up, then we can stop bullying."

The effort was organized by The Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding. Ron Barber started the non-profit after being shot in the January 8th Tucson mass shooting.

The Civility Fund mainly focuses on mental health and bullying. They have given $14,000 in grants to organizations to stop bullying, according to their website.

"You can't just say, ‘Oh well. It's too big to solve,'" Barber said. "We have to go in and tackle it."

Barber said bullying is different now than it was when he was in school.

"The best people to help us stop bullying are kids themselves," he said. "Not be the bystander. Get engaged. Try to stick up for someone that's being bullied."

The event at The Loft was just the start of the Courage to be Kind Anti-Bullying Spirit Week. More than 25,000 people have signed up to spread the message, according to the Civility Fund.


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