FORT WAYNE – Hes 6-foot-6 and plays soccer at a place where soccer means something, so maybe there are assumptions at work here. Maybe, with Patrick TKindt, there are notions that dont feel like notions at all, but lead-pipe cinches.
For instance: Maybe you look at him and think kids bullying other kids flies below his radar.
Maybe you look at him – a junior goalkeeper at Carroll, who has played every position since the game got its hooks in him when he was 5 – and think the dark things that sometimes float beneath the surface of the everyday high school experience never invade his athletes bubble. They happen, sure. Theyre real. But Homesteads on the schedule next, or Canterbury, or Bishop Luers. Who has time to notice?
Well. You may deposit all of those assumptions, all of those notions, right here. And dont forget to flush.
Dont forget, because if Patrick TKindt loves his soccer (You need your whole team in order to score. I like that, he says), it is not his only love. Hes also into film. Last year he took a film class at Carroll, and now he says he intends to pursue a career in the film industry. And so when he and fellow Carroll student Brett Peters attended a national leadership meeting in Indianapolis last November, they were immediately captivated when a group representing the No Bull Challenge presented an opportunity for students to enter an anti-bullying video competition.
TKindt and Peters jumped at it.
Its funny, TKindt says. On the ride home on the bus, we started the planning of the video.
What they ended up with was a short film called Lost Hope, and it does not have a happy ending. Its about a high school student whos relentlessly bullied, until in the end he takes his own life. The message, TKindt says, is that bullying is a serious matter.
Thats the reason for the harsh ending, he says. Bad things can happen.
And, for pointing that out, good things happened. In June, TKindt and Peters learned that Lost Hope had been named a Great American No Bull Video Contest finalist; theyll be going to Los Angeles to attend the Teen Video Award Show, where the winning film will be announced Aug. 10.
Carroll soccer will make that trip to, in a sense. TKindt recruited probably three of his teammates to be in the video, and Adam Gannon, a junior midfielder, plays the bullying victim. Turns out theyre all far more aware of the problem than you might think; TKindt, for one, says hes been subject to bullying himself, and he sees it in the hallways, too.
Not, like, huge, but, yeah, Ive seen some minor bullying, he says. And Ive been bullied every now and then, but it hasnt been a major issue. You just see it every now and then – but the problem is, I know it happens a lot more online.
And so, Lost Hope. And so, a trip to L.A. for a 6-6 goalkeeper and budding filmmaker. And so, goodbye to all those assumptions about the athletic bubble and what does or does not penetrate it.
We wanted to send a message that bullying has major consequences, TKindt says.
And a few other messages as well.