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ABC Action News – WFTS – Tampa Bay, Tampa, Florida
Segment recorded and aired - August 5, 2016
August 5, 2016
Bullying is the topic of an Independent movie filmed in Citrus County
Some Citrus County students and residents are working to address the problem of childhood bullying through a new independent film.
“No Place In This World” delves into the harsh reality of bullying, at home and in schools.
Dawn Horton of CVI Productions says the film will address the seriousness of bullying and its aftermath.
According to a 2015 study from wallethub.com, Florida is among the states with the highest percentages of kids who miss school because they feel unsafe.
“The biggest thing is fear,” Horton said.
The independent movie is filming in different locations around the City of Inverness, including Citrus High School.
Hayley Castillo, who plays, Lauren Wright, a girl terrorized by three popular girls in her school.
“She gets upset and she’s like broken, mentally,” she said.
Castillo said reading through the script made her realize other kids go through this on a daily basis.
“It just made me kind of upset that kids actually have to go through that at school,” she said.
Jackson Tessmer plays a student who is unaware of the serious ramifications the bullying has on Lauren, until it’s too late.
“I am surprised that they could be that mean and not care at all,” Tessmer said.
He says he now understands how some kids will cut class just to get away from the tormentors.
“They don’t want to be embarrassed and they don’t want to be made fun of,” Tessmer said.
“They just don’t want to deal with any of that.”
“Children cannot get a quality education if they don’t feel safe at school.” Castillo said.
These actors hope that local kids will see the film and say something if they or their friends become victims of bullying.
“You just need to tell someone,” Castillo said.
“You need to speak up.”
The film begins shooting on October 1, 2016 and is set to premiere in October 2017.