Students of the West Preparatory Academy of Harlem visiting the United Nation headquarters in midtown Manhattan, New York City. On the top picture, in front of The bronze sculpture of the Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd better know as the Non-Violence, is of a giant Colt Python .357 Magnum revolver with a knotted barrel and the muzzle pointing upwards. Reuterswärd made this sculpture after his friend, the singer and peace activist John Lennon, was shot dead in 1980 and Yoko Ono asked him to commemorate Lennon. Initially, the sculpture was placed in the Strawberry Fields memorial in Central Park, New York, across the street from where Lennon and Yoko lived. In 1988, the Government of Luxembourg donated the bronze sculpture to the United Nations.
Last week’s massacre in Florida school shooting, the second-deadliest shooting at a public school in U.S. history, has inflamed a national debate about gun rights and prompted young people from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and across the United States to demand action for stricter firearms controls. These students are giving all their support to their peers from Florida.
Students at the West Prep Academy talk about bullying. Bullying is aggressive behavior that is intentional and that involves an imbalance of power or strength. Often, it is repeated over time and can take many forms. In many respects, research on bullying prevention is still in its infancy. Although researchers have documented success of some comprehensive programs in reducing bullying, we still have much to learn about which aspects of these programs are most important*.
This video have been created and directed by Pablo Herrera, with Alex Faoro, Kent Jackman, Nolan Padilla, Nathael Louis and Shonda Westbrook, through a series of after school workshops developed with more than 70 students at the West Preparatory Academy in Harlem, New York City.
Reel Works Teen Filmmaking, the organization behind this after school program at the “West Prep,” has been founded in Brooklyn 20 years ago. Reel Works serves over 800 youth annually from middle school through high school and beyond, developing them as young artists and citizens and helping them graduate, get into college, and launch careers in media. It’s a powerful combination that changes young lives while creating startling and original films that have been seen by millions of viewers worldwide.
(*Resource: Stop Bullying Now. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.)