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Anti-bullying film created by Irish boy (12) goes viral

Jonah Maxwell (12) has written and directed an anti-bullying film. Picture from WGNTV.com

AN Irish boy has written and directed an anti-bullying film following his own experiences.

Jonah Maxwell, who is just 12 years old and originally from Dublin, created the film entitled Bully.

He wrote the script and came up with the concept for the video after an experience of bullying in elementary school in Chicago where he now lives.

He said he had also witnessed friends being bullied.

The video, which is set to be used by schools in Ireland, the US and Australia, has had 350,000 You Tube views in just over a week.

Watch Jonah's video:

The young boy spent the first seven years of his life in Dublin, but now lives in Chicago.

Jonah said it was "verbal teasing" of his Irish accent which inspired him to make the film.

The budding director also said that cyber bullying now makes it very difficult for victims to escape the problem.

"My dad told me that when he was a kid, the bullying would stop at 3.30pm every day," he told WGN Morning News.

"I told him it's not like that anymore. They can get you 24/7."

Jonah urged everyone to do their bit to stop bullying: "If you are not a part of the solution, you can still be part of the problem".

 

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