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Rock throwing film calls on kids to make the right choices

Friday 7th November 2014

Relationships Australia Northern Territory in partnership with Centralian Middle School will launch a short film next week highlighting the dangers of rock throwing.

The film and rap song Choices, is a dramatisation that helps young people consider the impact of peer pressure and its potential drastic consequences. The film aims to deter this intentional and dangerous activity.

Relationships Australia Alice Springs Director Robyn Donnelly says that growing concern in the community regarding rock throwing incidences in Alice Springs led them to develop the community awareness and educational resource.

“Relationships Australia sees young people through its young offender diversion program who have been apprehended for rock throwing, and appreciates the consequences it can have for all of those involved.

“Sadly it appears that groups of young people are engaging in rock throwing either out of boredom or peer pressure. Whatever the reason, it is incredibly dangerous. They could kill someone. We want kids to know they have choices, to overcome peer pressure and to make the right decisions in moments that test them like this” Ms Donnelly said.

The film follows the circumstances of a rock throwing incident where the boy’s own grandfather is horrifically killed.

Students from Centralian Middle School played a key role in the project’s development, providing input into the story line and acting.

Centralian Middle School Acting Principal, Donna O’Brien says that involving the students was a key step in youth engagement.

“This has been a rewarding learning experience for all of the students involved, I now hope other young people learn from this very important story as the material is developed into an educational resource and distributed through schools and community organisations,” Ms O’Brien said.

The Choices film is the first phase in the production of the project, with additional material to be incorporated and used in the educational resource. This includes interviews with stakeholders impacted by this behaviour, such as Alice Springs taxi driver Gagandeep Singh who suffered a broken jaw after being hit by a rock earlier this year, some insights from a young person who was engaged in rock throwing and dealt with the consequences of this, Alice Springs Mayor Damien Ryan, local ambulance staff and police.

“Now that filming is complete Relationships Australia is keen to work with other community groups to establish opportunities for distribution of the film and we hope to see it available in schools and at youth events in the New Year,” Ms Donnelly said.

“This is truly a community initiative for the benefit of the whole community. We need to support our young people and instill in them confidence and a belief that they can make the right choices.”

Please click HERE to see the choices trailer.

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Choices will be launched on Monday, 10 November 2014 at 11.30am in the Centralian Middle School Library, 56 Milner Road Alice Springs.

The film will then be screened at assembly for CMS students at 12.20.

Media are welcome to attend the launch and assembly, please register your interest with Jeannette Button on 0407 727 080 or jb@prbutton.com.au

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