Teen Suspended for Fake Suicide in Anti-Bully Video
Class project gets stunned teen bounced
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2012 12:30 AM CDT
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(Newser) – A Long Island teenager was stunned when school officials suspended her for creating an anti-bullying video that featured a fictional character who commits suicide. Jessica Barba, 15, wrote, filmed, and acted in the six-minute video for a class project. In the video, she plays a character who's bullied by classmates. The film ends with a caption that the character has committed suicide. When she was called into the principal's office, she expected to be praised for her work; instead she was suspended for five days, reports the New York Daily News. "I started hysterically crying. I couldn’t believe I was getting in trouble for something I had worked so hard on. And the only intent of it was good," Jessica told WNBC-TV. Her film is clearly marked as "fiction."

Jessica also created a Facebook page featuring her character, which was also labeled as fictional. But an alarmed parent contacted the school, which took down the page (after Jessica said she was pressured to turn over her password) and suspended Jessica. The superintendent of the Longwood school district said the video "created a substantial disruption to the school." Jessica's dad, Michael Barba, said he's proud of his daughter and is fighting the suspension at a hearing today, reports Newsday.

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Ellie Oaks
Jun 21, 2014 6:25 PM CDT
It's really so sad to hear this, bullies are evrywhere and any child can be a victim anytime and anytime, its so alarming, luckily anti-bullying is strongly campaigned right now. let me just share you something which can really be helpful for your child when they encounter bullying.. Promise this is really a life saver mobile app. Check this out! http://safekidzone.com/#!/page_home
Tscare
May 25, 2012 3:00 AM CDT
I don't see why the school suspended her?
ar2997
May 24, 2012 5:34 PM CDT
She should take this to court. Her school violated her privacy and her rights. I commend her for the video, it seems the school is turning a blind eye to the real issue.