New movie takes aim at how bullying victims become shooters
Film set to debut in April
SAUK PRAIRIE, Wis. — A new film with Wisconsin ties is attempting to flip the script on how we understand what drives someone to pull the trigger inside of a school.
“I was thinking about being a parent and you’re worried about being a parent and you’re worried your child is inside and he’s a victim,” said writer and producer Caitlin Scherer. “But, what if you’re worried he was the shooter?”
That’s the plot of the new film, “Blame.” It follows the mother of the shooter at the center of a fictional shooting set in Sauk Prairie High School.
“We want this to be like any town U.S.A,” said Scherer. “We don’t want this to be New York, we want it to be [that] this could be your town, this could be your son.”
Which is what sparked interest from Sauk Prairie police after they were approached to play a part in the movie, acting out actual protocol to make the film as real as possible.
“We’ve actually had school shootings in Sauk County and we took this as an opportunity to do some training and help out the film crew,” Sauk Prairie police Chief Jerry Strunz said.
Both Scherer and Strunz said they hope the film will open a line of communication between audience members about how bullying can lead to these violent and increasingly common tragedies.
“I don’t think that people are born bad. Kids area product of where they grow up…I think that some kids get over looked,” said Scherer.
“Don’t take for granted that this is a phase that somebody’s going through,” Strunz said. “For those people that see information posted [online] about somebody that’s feeling down or having ideas that they may want to hurt themselves or others; take action. Don’t wait.”
Scherer said the film is expected to be finished in April. She plans on entering it in film festivals later this year.