- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 7, 2005

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Officials in the school district that includes Columbine High School have nixed the idea of filming a movie at another school in the county because it deals in part with bullying.

Jefferson County school officials said they were concerned that filming “The Sensei” at Alameda High School would reopen the wounds of Columbine, where 12 students and one teacher were fatally shot by two students in 1999. The teen gunmen, who also fatally shot themselves, had complained that they were bullied.

“Our understanding is, the scenes that were going to be filmed in the school were violent scenes,” Superintendent Cindy Stevenson said last week. “We are still a healing community.”

The movie by writer-director Diana Lee Inosanto is about a homosexual teenager who learns martial arts after being bullied by high school athletes in the early 1980s.

Mrs. Stevenson said the board’s denial last month had nothing to do with the film’s treatment of subjects such as homosexuality and AIDS. “In thinking of the good of the entire community who are very tired of being connected to school violence, it would just be better if it were filmed in a different location,” she said.

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