South Bay students hope to make documentary to help stop gun violence
Goal is to raise $18,000 in 45 days
Last Updated: 40 days ago
CHULA VISTA, Calif. - Some South Bay students plan to help combat gun violence by making a documentary.
Patrick Rouston is a junior at High Tech High School in Chula Vista. He and 44 classmates are on a journey to answer a question they cannot find in a textbook or online. That question: how can they help reduce the amount of gun violence in America?
"We just know that it's a problem that's getting way out of hand," said Rouston.
The students know it firsthand. As 10News reported in June of 2011, 15-year-old Sean Fuchs and his 13-year-old brother Kyle were shot and killed by their father in a murder-suicide.
"I don't want anyone to go through the pain that me and my family had to, and all the families that lost family members and friends to gun violence," said Rouston. "I don't want anyone else to go through it."
During the 10News interview, Rouston sat by murals designed to celebrate Sean's life and love of music saying, "All he wanted was peace in the world."
The students hope to spread that message all over the country. The plan is to make a documentary, but they need to raise money to buy cameras and editing equipment.
So, they went to a website called Kickstarter where people can donate money to their cause. They now have 45 days to raise $18,000, and with every dollar that comes in, you can hear the cheers.
The teachers helping with the project have also been directly affected by gun violence. Nuvia Ruland teaches biology at High Tech High, and her best friend's 6-year-old daughter, Avielle Richmond, was shot and killed last December during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.
"It's been a painful year, but I think that being here with my students is the best place I could be," said Ruland.
Rouston said, "I just hope that people get a moral change out of it."
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