May 3, 2014 7:11 PM by Nathan O'Neal
TUCSON - Roughly 60 student-produced public service announcements that spread awareness about bullying were screened at the Loft Cinema on Saturday.
Students of all ages - from elementary to high school - produced 30-second videos to illustrate bullying and their take on how to stop it.
"Through these art pieces, students are able to have different conversations than if they were telling their personal stories," said Jennie Grabel, of the Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding, which has sponsored the event for the past three years.
"It's about showing compassion for both the bully and the bystander and realizing that we're all a part of a larger community," Grabel said.
For many students involved in the project, it's about starting a positive dialogue that contributes to anti-bullying efforts.
"I think it's really important to tell people bullying is not okay because you never know what's going to happen to the victim. They can end up hurting themselves and nobody wants that to happen," said Jaden Harrell, a 10-year-old student who worked on a team to produce one of the videos.