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May 25th, 2012
11:33 AM ET

Teen suspended for creating anti-bullying video that showed fictional suicide

A New York teenager is back in school after being suspended this week for making an anti-bullying video for a school project that she hoped would raise awareness about the issue.

Jessica Barba, 15, produced a black and white video showing a 12 year old girl being bullied. Towards the end of the video, a caption appears saying that the fictional girl died by suicide.

Although there was a disclaimer at both the beginning and the end of the video explaining that the events depicted were not real, a concerned parent thought the video was factual and called the school.

Barba was then suspended for five days because the principal said the video caused a disruption in the school.

After an outpouring of support from around the world, Barba's suspension was lifted.

On Starting Point this morning, Barba and her parents discuss the video and tell Christine Romans that they're happy the video is getting attention because it’s spreading the message it was created to send: “Speak up, speak out.”

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