This video is a dramatic scenario used to provoke thought about displaying personal resilience while online. It features a teenage female locking herself in a bathroom to avoid four female peers. The females are played by actors.
Stacey runs down an alley, pursued by a group of girls.
Stacey runs into a community centre bathroom and locks the door of her stall just as a youth worker exits the second stall
Veronica, the group leader, pushes the bathroom door open but stops abruptly when she sees the youth worker at the sink. She turns and exits.
Stacey’s phone pings with a message notification.
The girls stand outside on their phones, texting Stacey.
Stacey’s phone pings repeatedly, with the texts popping up in conversation bubbles around her, reading “feelin @ home in the toilet w/all the other scum??” and “ur the reason deodorant exists” amongst them
As the notifications stream in rapidly, Stacey gets increasingly agitated. She begins to cry and puts her hands over her ears to block the text sounds.
A mid shot of Veronica, relentlessly texting.Stacey brings her hands down and stares at the wall, her attention grabbed by a graffiti quote that says “THEY DON’T WRITE YOUR STORY...YOU DO.”
Stacey stares at the quote, its meaning sinking in.
Veronica and her group enter the community centre, heading for the bathroom.
Stacey opens the bathroom door and faces Veronica.
Veronica stops in disbelief.Stacey walks past them, head held high and exits the community centre with the group following her.
The group heckle Stacey who walks on, unaffected
The music builds as Stacey puts on her headphones, drowning out the insults. She walks on, a small smile on her face
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