Bullying causes harm…years later! Audience Speaks out…

Movie “ALONE” takes an audience by surprise.  Audience member Tonza Simon came to support what she thought was just an “Indie Film”, but she sat in the midst of something

Audience member Tonza Simon & Margaret Blaylock on Red Carpet at "ALONE" public premiere.
Audience member Tonza Simon & Margaret Blaylock on Red Carpet at “ALONE” public premiere.that brought feelings from her past.  As she watched the movie she learned that bullying tears down self-esteem, brings fear and silence.

that brought feelings from her past.  As she watched the movie she learned that bullying tears down self-esteem, brings fear and silence.

The movie was over and the room sat in silence as we allowed the lead Lauren Fiddes speak about her role.  After a tear filled speech, the audience sat in awe.  Shortly, a woman stood in the back and began to speak. The words flowed from her mouth and you could hear the still hurt that she addressed as she gave her personal testimony.  She stated this movie brought back to her memory when she was bullied.

Tonza Simon speaking words of encouragement over all youth in project. Thanking them for the film and delivering a powerful message.
Tonza Simon speaking words of encouragement over all youth in project. Thanking them for the film and delivering a powerful message.

I remember when I was younger I would walk to school.  This girl would always wait for me outside to take my lunch money and give me her free lunch ticket.  Back then we had lunch tickets for children on free lunch program.  The girl had me so afraid and threatened to beat me up if I told.  One day my mother was getting me ready for school and I told her , “I don’t wanna go that girl will be waiting on me!” I then hushed and my mother made me tell her what I meant.  My mother confronted the issue.  But even after that incident I was always fearful and timid trying to avoid conflict.  I was always picked on for being that way and it made me fearful in life.  This film was an eye-opener.