KHS Student Tackles Bullying with Short Film, “The Tormentors”

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KHS Student Tackles Bullying with Short Film, “The Tormentors”

Cordell Forbes

Cordell Forbes

Cordell Forbes

Cordell Forbes

Luvia Thomas, Junior

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Bullying is an unfortunate yet common endeavor that is known throughout all school hallways and teen dramas alike.

“The Tormentors,” a short film created by KHS student Cordell Forbes is a story about facing down a bully and not letting bullies destroy your mentality. The trailer came out in September, and Forbes short film “The Tormentors” on bullying premiered at the Senator Theater on October 11.

Forbes’ own experiences with bullying were the inspiration that eventually lead to the short film. “I was bullied in school at Dundalk,” he says. As part of a Baltimore group called Youth Writers Rock, he used the outlet to write about his experience to “show people they shouldn’t kill themselves over a bully. They should ask for help from their parents and friends.”

With bullying gracing the headlines all too often these days, when his aunt discovered his story, she took it to his guidance counselor. From there, KHS librarian Mrs. Lauren Magnuson and teachers learned about the book he wrote. Knowing this is a topic students need to be more actively engaged in addressing, Forbes was asked to give a Book Talk about it in January of 2018 at the school library.

His story was gaining the attention of more than KHS by then, and even the Essex librarian attended. With so many positive reviews and attention on the book, he and his friends decided to create a short film about the book.

Bullying is something we would all like to see come to an end but taking steps like Forbes to bravely share his personal experience with overcoming bullying to promote social change for acceptance is encouragement to us to take a stand against bullying.