Students from around San Francisco were honored today for making anti-bullying videos in a contest held by District Attorney George Gascon.
The “Bye Bye Bullying” contest received 58 entrants who each made 60-second videos about bullying, its effects and ways to respond to the problem.
The videos were judged by a panel including San Francisco Giants public address announcer Renel Brooks-Moon, who presented the winners at a news conference today with prizes including iPad Minis, baseballs signed by Giants pitcher Barry Zito and tickets to Giants games in 2013.
Gascon said, “I’ve experienced some of the problems of bullying” as an immigrant child who spoke English as a second language.
“Bullying has no social boundaries,” he said. “It impacts every social group and every economic group.”
Gascon thanked all of the entrants and said one “may grow up to be the next Spielberg.”
One group who won was four students from St. Ignatius High School who used special effects in their video “Stop the Cycle,” which had the message that victims of bullying often end up bullying other people themselves.
Nate Reutiman, a sophomore, said each of the four “has dealt with bullying in some shape or form” and that St. Ignatius has had students commit suicide in recent years.
“This was more than a contest to us,” Reutiman said.
He was joined by Matt Ignao, Shant Kilijian and Will Kim as winners in the category “The Effects of Bullying,” while Lurleen Frazier from the Academy of Art and Sciences won in the category “What is Bullying?” and An Xie from Lincoln High School won in the category “Effective Ways to Respond to Bullying.”
Entrants for all 58 videos will be honored in a celebration being held at 1 p.m. on Dec. 15 by Ben & Jerry’s at its store at Haight and Ashbury streets.
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