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Posted on Fri. May. 30, 2014 - 12:01 am EDT

Anti-bullying video turning heads

Teen heads to California as contest finalist

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An anti-bullying video created by a Carroll High School student will soon compete against 15 others at the national Teen Video Awards show in California.

Patrick T’Kindt, a Carroll High School junior, was named a finalist in the Great American No Bull Challenge Video Contest for his anti-bullying public service announcement called “All About Perspective.”

The No Bull Challenge is the first student-led national video contest and awards show dedicated to bullying prevention and promoting empathy, respect and inclusive communities through filmmaking, according to the organization’s website.

Patrick’s parents, Brian and Laura T’Kindt, along with Carroll High School leaders and Northwest Allen County Schools administrators surprised him with the news Thursday after he was escorted to the office.

As one of 15 finalists from across the world, T’Kindt won an all-expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles in August to attend the Teen Video Awards. The grand-prize winner will be announced during the awards.

This is the second consecutive year T’Kindt’s work has been nominated for a national award.

Last year’s short film “Lost Hope” featured a teenager being bullied online and at school until he committed suicide, but T’Kindt said this year’s video takes a different approach to the topic of preventing bullying.

“This year I kind of wanted to change the pace and show what you can do before it even gets to bullying,” he said.

“All About Perspective” features interviews with a variety of Fort Wayne residents offering definitions of bullying and concludes with a PSA-style message about preventing bullying.

“It was kind of stressful getting it done. I was worried I wasn’t going to get the video done, but the fact that I got it done and I’m going to California again is such an incredible feeling,” T’Kindt said.

“I’m so excited to see what happens out in California.”

While being nominated again is an honor, T’Kindt said the true goal behind his work is to encourage change and prevent bullying – starting at his own stomping grounds.

“I feel like bullying has kind of decreased and I’m not going to say it’s because of me, but I feel like Carroll (High School) as a school has definitely increased their awareness against bullying,” he said.

“I’m seeing a lot more signs and posters. During homeroom there’s more talks about it.”

“The more we talk about it, the more kids will know about it.”

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