Wednesday, May 9, 2012

'From the Heart' film shares stories of bullied youth

Every one of us knows someone, or is someone who has been bullied. Tonight on television, nine local youth open up and talk about their experiences being bullied.

In a 30-minute documentary called "From the Heart: Transforming Bullying to Caring," students share their personal stories.

 One of the stories features Evan Morales, a senior at Northwest School of the Arts. Evan details his struggles with bullies after telling his family and friends he is gay.

"From my own experience, (victims) feel so alone for being different," Evan said. "But being different is a good thing ... Be proud." The film was made in Charlotte-area schools by filmmaker Beverly Penninger of Naka Productions.

Included in the film are U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins, author Mike Buchanan and Girls on the Run International founder Molly Barker.

Viewing schedule on WTVI:
Wednesday, May 9 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, May 10 at 1 a.m.
Sunday, May 13 at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, May 16 at 2:30 a.m.