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Maybe the best thing about Carroll students Patrick T'Kindt and Brett Peters producing an anti-bullying video isn't the award they won in Los Angeles over the weekend, but the awareness they gained on the subject.
"I've seen bullying so far and I've stepped in on a few things and said, 'That's not needed,' '' Peters said.
T'Kindt replied, "I used to just walk in the hallways and past kids never realizing it. Now I notice the little things, and online the sarcastic comments. To think about walking around the hallways and saying good comments to one kid, you might make a difference in their lives.''
T'Kindt and Peters were named finalists in the Great American No Bull Challenge Video Contest for their short film, "No Hope.'' They attended the Teen Video Award Show over the weekend. The 5-minute video on Youtube.com is somewhat blunt and has a graphic suicide ending with a purpose.
"We wanted to show that everyday bullying may not lead to that, but that's the worst possible outcome,'' Peters said. "We wanted to show that before you bully somebody that you think what could happen.''
T'Kindt, a soccer player, and Peters, a baseball player, took about four months last year to produce the video. T'Kindt said he worked about four days a week for an hour or two per day. They filmed the video with soccer players Tyler Sidwell, Nick Cook, Josh Jovevski and Adam Gannon serving as actors.
Even acting like a bully was a little uncomfortable at times.
"Because we knew them, we were messing around and we were all friends, but it was still weird in a way,'' Sidwell said.
Gannon won an award for his acting as the victim in the video. Another actor was supposed to play the role but had to work, so Gannon was drafted.
"They are great kids, the kind of kids who make coaching fun,'' Carroll soccer coach Rollie Clements said. "The kind of bullying they did in the video, I don't think we have much of that around here, but any school that doesn't think they have cyberbullying isn't paying attention.''
T'Kindt said he and Peters are already planning this year's video and hope to spend even more time on it.