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Violent film aims to combat bullying in Memphis schools

In the wake of a deadly school shooting outside Cleveland Monday, Action News 5 learned a violent video is being shown to Memphis City School students. But in this case, the violence is meant to prevent crime. In the wake of a deadly school shooting outside Cleveland Monday, Action News 5 learned a violent video is being shown to Memphis City School students. But in this case, the violence is meant to prevent crime.

(WMC-TV) - In the wake of a deadly school shooting outside Cleveland Monday, Action News 5 learned a violent video is being shown to Memphis City School students. But in this case, the violence is meant to prevent crime.

Monday's deadly school shooting in Ohio is a reminder to community leaders in Memphis that youth violence can happen anywhere which makes the work one local group is doing even more relevant.

There's pressure from parents, pressure from teachers and pressure from other students.

These pressures are portrayed in a new movie called "Bullied," produced by the community group Heal The Hood.

Kids who see this film don't get a sugar coated tale of what can happen, instead, they see the worst

"A lot of them don't understand what is on the other side of those decisions," said LaDell Beamon, founder of the Heal the Hood Foundation.

That other side is acted out through the main character, a fictional teen named Major, who is beaten by his dope smoking dad at home, made fun of for staying out of trouble at school and not understood by his teachers.

"Those worlds collide and he can't deal with it anymore," said Beamon.

In the end, Major cracks and takes a gun to school.

He pulls it out in the cafeteria, killing a student that made fun of him and then turns the gun on himself.

The film ends by showing the lifeless bodies spread across the floor.

It's an unnerving film and some might say it's too much for teens.

But Beamon said it's the world many teens already live in.

"We have lost our heart and our conscious and, like the Tin Man, we are trying to get these kids to find their hearts again," he said.

Beamon watches news of the shooting rampage in Ohio with a heavy heart, but also with the desire to prevent something like that from happening in Memphis.

"These things make people feel very hopeless, makes them think what am I going to do about my kids," he said.

Heal the Hood isn't trying to make money on the film.

They have already shown it to two Memphis schools and the story is actually based on a play they have been performing in Memphis schools for years.

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