JHOP students create stirring video report about campus fighting
The journalism students at John Hopkins Middle School in St. Petersburg decided to turn the camera on themselves for an in-depth look at chronic fighting on their campus. The result is a stirring, professional-quality, 6-minute, 57-second video featured on PBS' Student Reporting Labs website. Included in the segment are interviews with the school's principal, a teacher who has been assaulted, and a student who talks candidly about her own proclivity toward fighting. Producer De'Qonton Davis, the eighth-grader whose idea it was to chronicle the progression of neighborhood fights to the school, writes on the PBS website that the subject of fights sprung from his own experience: "They happen around me, in my neighborhood and at the school. I thought it was important to tell this story because it shows people that when you do something in the neighborhood, it affects the school. It's important for people to understand why this happens (frustration, anger and problems at home) because if we don't understand it, we could never solve the situation or problem."
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