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Published May 07, 2013, 04:49 PM

Moorhead students are getting praised for a documentary on bullying

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Students at Moorhead's Horizon Middle School continue to harvest the praise from groups across the country for a recent short documentary called "Eyes Open" about the impact of bullying.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Students at Moorhead's Horizon Middle School continue to harvest the praise from groups across the country for a recent short documentary called "Eyes Open" about the impact of bullying.

The Santa Monica Teen Film Fest in California will present the Moorhead piece in June. And it has also made the cut for the No Bull Challenge, a contest for young people driven to eradicate bullying.

Never did these three 8th graders at Horizon Middle School in Moorhead ever think that an after school idea to make a film, would get legs like this. Honors and admiration nation wide.

Lika Wintersteen- Horizon Student: “I feel this video can touch more people that we ever thought it could.

The short documentary follows and features a girl with disabilities, through a school day, the sneers, giggles, bullying. 14-year old Hannah Pappenfus has never let Cerebal Palsy get in the way of her convictions, and drive to beat bullying to a pulp.

Hannah Papenfuss- Horizon Student: “In middle school you are so desperate to have friends and then you realize how shallow some people are and not nice and helps you figure out who you are as a person.”

Hannah, along with Linka Wintersteen and Devon Solwold, say their short movie has a message that is resonating with their generation, just what they wanted.

Devon Solwold- Horizon Student: “Of the people being bullied, be in their shoes and stop and think what you are doing because they might be hurting somebody.”

State education officials in Minnesota have watched the student's film, YouTube features it as well. And these students hope if it stops someone from bullying, or comforts a victim. This message from Moorhead made a mark.

But the person being bullied does not forget about it.

The students are hoping the film wins the "No Bull Challenge" contest. You can vote for them by going to wday.com and our easy link tab.

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