Utah high school students address bullying in social experiment video

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MURRAY, Utah — Bullying continues to be a problem nationwide, and some Cottonwood High School students decided to do something about.

They conducted a social experiment exploring the issue of bullying in schools and caught it all on camera.

With a deadline looming and a story due for the school’s “Colt News,” three Cottonwood High School Seniors took the matter of bullying into their own hands.

“We decided that we kind of wanted to do a public experiment,” Trevor Beecher said.

Trevor was set to play the bully, Taylor Winch the victim, and Hunter Andruski was recording it all behind a hidden camera. What unfolded had all three shocked.

Beecher said:  “At one point I remember I got so mad I was like, ‘We’re done. We’re not filming anymore. I’m so mad.’”

Student after student, and even some adults, turned a blind eye to what they were seeing.

Hunter Andruski remembers, “I was like, this isn’t going to work because people are just going to stop and ask, but no: they just walked right past, and it was really shocking, and it was sad too.”

Taylor Winch adds, “It was truly saddening to see all the people just walk by and not care.”

Some students claimed they knew the actors, or thought it was a joke, but not good enough excuses according to these three seniors.

Beecher urges: “Don’t be the one that just stands there and watches. If you know something is wrong, whether they’re your friend or not, you need to be able to stand up for what you know is right or wrong.”

There were some who stood up, which was a relief to see for these experimenters and video creators.

Winch – who played the victim – said, “I was fake being beat up and I felt, it was like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is amazing that somebody would step up for me.’”

These students said if their efforts help just one person, the video is a success.

“Stand up in that situation and don’t be afraid to help the people around you and don’t bully,” Andruski said.

The video has gotten nearly 1,500 views. The students say they are brainstorming their next video topic.

7 comments

  • Susan Tonini

    As a witness to the video making, the boys were giggling and it was obvious they weren’t really getting beat up. If you knew the whole story, you would know why people didn’t intervene. You should have done some fact checking prior to showing the video like real news people do.

    • Pettis

      Bullying is bullying stupid, I mean really!!!! Get it in your head!!!! I swear people are so stupid just like you!!!! I think this video is amazing!!

  • Keith homer

    Come on Fox News . . . Where’s the video from this report? How can you so-called journalists be suckered by this without digging for the whole story?

    • trevor

      fox is not responsible for the loss of our video we were forced to take it down by our school. since we used their camera technically the video belongs to them. at this time they have asked me to make no further comment…

  • Jon

    I have a child at Cottonwood. The video was removed because it was edited to show teachers and students doing nothing, when in fact they did intervene. It was also Cottonwood students filming in the hallway of the charter school AMES that rent part of the Cottonwood campus. It was a faked and edited video. The students that perpetrated this fraud should be held accountable along with any news organizations that reported on it without proper veting

  • Bill

    You obviously did not see the original video, because it did in fact show the students and teachers who did intervene! it was not edited to make ANYONE look bad! it showed EXACTLY what the students and teachers did! yes some students stopped the bullying but a lot of other students did not, and it showed BOTH the teachers stopping the bullying. IT was not the students fault that the news station did not show that.

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