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Point Loma junior wins PSA contest tackling school violence

Posted at 5:20 PM, May 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-10 20:55:02-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Sick and tired over school shootings, a Point Loma High School junior is trying to make change through one of his passions.

He participated in Public Service Announcement contest, a collaboration between San Diego Crime Stoppers and the San Diego Unified School District Police Department. Students were required to create a PSA about an issue schools deal with, like bullying or substance abuse.

Tim Fraher's 40-second PSA addressed school shootings, raising awareness about the ways it's easier to get a gun than a driver's license. He also wants people to take notice if a friend or classmate is getting bullied or seems depressed.

Fraher says he wants people to take school shootings seriously.

"We need to do something. We can't just sit around and pray that it will go away because it won't. We need to actually get out there and actively reform and make changes so that this won't happen," said Fraher.

Fraher won the competition, and his PSA will air on television in the San Diego region this June.

"It felt good to know that the message will get across, that it will be out there," said Fraher.

He hopes the 40-second message will encourage others to take a chance at making a change.