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      Sparks Middle School Shooting: Did anti-bullying video play a role?

      SPARKS, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - Amaya Newton is an eighth grader at Sparks Middle School. She says she knew the Sparks Middle School shooter very well. She describes him as a sweet kid who was often mistreated by his classmates.

      "Like tripping him in the hallways, bugging him for money so he would give it to him,"

      Amaya says the boy never spoke up to anyone about the bullying. He simply took it.

      But she also says he might have gotten an idea about how to retaliate through an anti-bullying video shown in class on October 11th. It was the last school day before the shootings occurred. Students had a week off for fall break, then returned to school on Monday October 21st. That's the day the shootings occurred.

      "It was an anti-bullying movie but it could have gotten into his head about the girl scaring the bullies with the gun. She brought a gun on the bus to scare them and threatened to kill them," Amaya told News 4.

      We asked her what message she thinks the video sends to students.

      "That maybe it's easier to scare your bullies than just to tell a teacher," she said.

      We talked to another student who described the video just like Amaya described it. We wanted to see the video, but the Washoe County School District spokesperson told us they have never heard of this particular anti-bullying video. They are checking into it to find if the content that's shown is appropriate for middle school children. We'll follow up when the school district has some answers.

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