Film shown to raise school bullying awareness

"Between the Cracks" shown at Solon Center for the Arts
"Between the Cracks" shown at Solon Center for the Arts

SOLON, OH (WOIO) - Bullying is a deadly problem among teens and one Ohio mother is sharing her story in hopes it can save a life.

The subject of bullying is very important to Jan Mohat. Her son Eric took his own life seven years ago after constant bullying at Mentor High School.

"What could have helped him? One person. One person in that school standing up and saying leave him alone. Don't do that. Nobody likes a mean kid. Go away," Jan Mohat said.

"Between the Cracks" is a film about bullying being played at the Solon Center for the Arts Friday night.

Jan said she's excited about film.

"Personally, I'm thrilled anytime there's a spotlight shown on this epidemic of bullying," Mohat said.

Within the last week, two suicides by Brunswick High School students have again raised concerns about bullying.

"I was extremely sad and was very angry.  Very angry.  It seems like they are not making progress as fast as I would like," Mohat added.

Filmmaker, Darryl Epp said parents need to have more conversations with their kids and bullying.  "I made it because I really want parents to go home and really talk to their kids and ask them are these some of the things you are going through? Are these some of the things that you're thinking about doing or thinking of doing."

"Between the Cracks" film is only at the Solon Center for Arts Fri., Jan. 17, but several school districts in the Northeast area have contacted the filmmaker to see if he can show to students in their schools.

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