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York Teenagers Win Award for Bad Bus Behaviour Video

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4:46pm 31st March 2014

Two teenagers from York have won a national award for making a film highlighting anti-social behaviour on buses.

Ellie Boyes and Jack Johnson from Danesgate Community (Pupil Referral Unit) made a seven-minute film called Ticket to Ride, which was chosen as the outstanding entry in the national Crimebeat Awards.

The inspiration for their project came after hearing complaints from bus passengers about the behaviour of their fellow pupils on a bus. The film highlights how thoughtless student behaviour can damage the perceptions of young people and instead encourages pupils to act with greater consideration and responsibility towards their fellow citizens.

The Crimebeat award programme is an annual competition open to schoolchildren, who design projects aimed at preventing crime and anti-social behaviour.

Ellie and Jack were encouraged to enter by the High Sheriff of North Yorkshire and on 17 March 2014, attended a ceremony in London where they were declared winners and collected their award.

Sgt Will Eastwood, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “This is the first time that I have attended a national Crimebeat final and I have got to say that the standard of the projects from all there was extremely high. 

“For these young people to achieve this award is a fantastic achievement, not only in terms of the great video that they have produced, but also the display of courage required by each in their own way to complete it.

“The video is set against the backdrop of an embarrassing incident that happened on the bus from school involving students from Danesgate. Ellie had the courage to say to her peers that the behaviour was not acceptable and challenge generalisations being made about young people from her school. 

“Jack has displayed the courage to accept criticism and channel it in a positive direction, supporting the production of this video and helping to present it at a national level. 

“All those involved in the production of this video are truly deserving and we should all be proud that they are from North Yorkshire.”

Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Julia Mulligan, attended the ceremony.

She said: “In my role, I regularly meet people whose lives are affected by anti-social behaviour and feel intimidated in every-day situations. Ellie and Jack's film acknowledges this as a problem. They also felt that their school and fellow pupils were being let down, with a shadow being cast over the achievements of their school and classmates.

“Ellie and Jack have sought to put this right by drawing students' attention to the impact their behaviour can have on others and how it can reinforce the public's negative stereotypes about young people. 

“It’s an insightful, perspective and brave video to have made, as well as effective in influencing student behaviour and changing perceptions of pupils and Danesgate. Congratulations Ellie and Jack, a real achievement."

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