On Your Side: Anti-bullying documentary now ‘part’ of the Sparks Middle School shooting investigation

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Updated: 10/24/2013 12:07 am
SPARKS, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) – The On Your Side team has been trying to get answers about an anti-bullying documentary shown to students at Sparks Middle School the last school day prior to the deadly shooting.

The PG-13 documentary “Bully” was shown to a number of students at Sparks Middle School. After the shooting, both patents and students suggested to News 4 the film might have in part inspired the actions of the 12-year-old shooter.

The Washoe County School District now tells News 4 they will not comment on the documentary because the film has become part of the investigation into the shooting.

The documentary is rated PG-13 because of, “intense thematic material, disturbing content, and some strong language - all involving kids”.

The On You Side team obtained a copy of a consent form sent home to parents at Sparks Middle School asking if they wanted their child to see the movie. The form is an "opt-out" form, meaning that the middle school students would see this PG-13 documentary unless the form was returned. The shooter was only 12-years-old and fellow classmates tell News 4 he watched the movie.
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angeloschild - 10/24/2013 2:43 PM
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How the boy gained access to the gun is not yet disclosed, so it is premature to speculate that the parents left the gun lying around the house. This child might have been driven to desperation by bullying. Releasing his name only gives satisfaction to the smug judgmental mob mentality displayed by some people. Until we can control the human tendency to judge, dominate, and denegrate others, these things will continue to occur. There have been several shootings and at least one stabbing in this area just since the shooting at Sparks Middle School. There are no safe places.

steve v45 - 10/24/2013 11:56 AM
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Engineers call this failure analysis and is the same thing that the NTSB does after a plane crash. This is to make sure it does not happen again. It is not in school policy to help these because these kids have privacy rights. Teachers that molest kids are not reported because it is not in school policy. Was this child being traumatized into joining a gang? We won’t know how the child ended up doing this, yet I can tell you it is from a trauma the child faced. You can see they are trying to blame the parents and it’s criminal. There are so many possibilities that would take the NTSB over a year to figure out.

Cowgirl35 - 10/24/2013 11:47 AM
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My Daughter Watched the Same Film just about a Week or so before the Break at schools.... and she is at another Middle School....

Ktkt1955 - 10/24/2013 11:42 AM
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Does the school district screen the films these kids seen in school? Evidently not because this film on Bullying was shown without the school districts knowing what was on the film. Bullying has become a very stressful thing for many children, and when even the nicest child reaches the point of retaliation this is the end of the problem in the child's eyes. Encouraging films such as this (which I did see on the 11 o'clock news last night) to be seen as helping a child learn how to report bullying will not teach the child anything. There is as "nobody" stated more and more violence with guns and knives on television; however, discussing these movies with children can often help them to seen that violence is not something you do just because someone has done it to you. Children who report such activity are often seen as weak and a rat. No child wants to be seen as a rat or even weak, so the child(ren) often try to handle it themselves. The end results are what you see today in the schools, and even on the streets between adults. As a child once said to me "if I tell the teacher, the kids will probably hurt me worse." So this child refused to tell his mother/parents and just continued to put up with it. Talk to your children during a movie that contains violence and teach them how to have responsible behaviors in such incidences.

nobody - 10/24/2013 10:12 AM
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Come on these kids see more killing and blood on tv and the news everyday then at school The boy made a decision not the gun or the parents or the school or the students Society has made it to were kids gowing up have no right from wrong you cant spank them or the parents Will go to jail parents have to work 2 jobs just to pay rent that 18 hours at work no time to spend with Kids its out of control

tonysam - 10/24/2013 9:00 AM
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Thank you for disclosing the shooter's name. Not that I didn't already know through looking at Twitter.

taxpaying mom - 10/24/2013 7:48 AM
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We should know the name of the shooter and the family. That will give us the real reason this happened.... Not the cover-up bs they are feeding everyone.

maddyo says so - 10/24/2013 7:41 AM
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Too bad that documentary is soooo boring. Yes, it has a message, but I thought it could have been done a whole lot better...sorry. Not sure Jose Reyes was a victim of bullying. Something was not right though at home so it is very unfortunate.

SusieR - 10/24/2013 6:21 AM
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I watched this video and discussed it with my ten-year-old months ago...The student had issues...We need to stop blaming bad behavior on videos, music and video games and look at what really sets these kids off...Maybe there were warning signs? Maybe not...But average kids do not commit crimes after these events...Yes, I agree, these should be opt in forms, it is too easy for the form to not even make it home for the parents to see...

tonysam - 10/23/2013 9:25 PM
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And what in the hell does this have to do with the fact the parents had a gun lying around that the kid took to school and committed murder and attempted murder? Stop blaming WCSD for the actions of the parents and of the killer.

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