Today at the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention, MTV announced it will premiere an original TV movie based on the tragic, true-life story of Abraham Biggs as part of the "A THIN LINE" campaign as a call to action to stop digital abuse.
The film is part of MTV’s multi-year “A THIN LINE” campaign, which empowers America’s youth to draw their own line between digital use and digital abuse.
Yet to be titled, this new MTV original movie will tell the story of four teens whose lives unexpectedly collide online. Although they have never met before, they have an extraordinary impact on one another, culminating in one night none of them could have imagined. The film is inspired by the true, tragic tale of Abraham Biggs – a 19-year-old who battled bipolar disorder and ultimately webcast his death by suicide. Abraham dealt with digital abuse from a group of people online. Vividly illustrating how growing up digital complicates life and love, the movie serves as a powerful call to action to help end digital abuse.. The film will premiere on MTV channels around the world (premiere date to be announced), and is directed by Leslie Libman.
MTV also announced that the network is forming a coalition of organizations to address bullying and intolerance online, including GLAAD, The Trevor Project, the NAACP, the National Council of La Raza, the Anti-Defamation League, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and the Asian American Justice Center. Built on the principle that no one should ever be bullied for who they are, this new anti-digital discrimination coalition will band together to develop innovative ways to illuminate the “thin line” between free speech and hate speech.
For more information on MTV’s “A THIN LINE” campaign, head to www.ATHINLINE.org.