Everyone has a role in Arlington school's music video

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by JIM DOUGLAS

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WFAA

Posted on November 4, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 7 at 4:27 PM

ARLINGTON — A school in Arlington is doing something that's never been done in our area — at least not like this.

Martin High is one of the biggest schools in Texas. Students told administrators that there was no sense of community or family, and that can be a serious problem.

The solution they came up with is a blast — what they hope will be the world's largest "lip dub" video.

It was shot Thursday with one camera in a single take and features 20 students dancing through the hallways of the massive campus while lip-synching to pre-recorded music — but with every one of their 3,400 classmates playing a part.

"As humans, we're social beings," said Martin senior Chris Leyda. "Things go wrong when we're not in contact with others."

Chris said he's seen how easy it can be to become disconnected and isolated. Experts say that can lead to bullying, or just plain indifference.

"There was a kid that has autism, and he felt like he was picked on, and he literally told me that I was the only friend he'd talked to in a year or so," Chris said.

You might see that kid in this video, or someone like him.

The video shoot was enormous fun, with enormous benefits.

"When you can get every student involved, then it creates a sense of family and belonging," said Nel Fielding, the Arlington ISD director of counseling.

She added that after an experience like this, students will be more likely to protect each other, and less inclined to hurt each other.

In their 11-minute video, they all belong to each other.

Now that the video is recorded, it will be synchronized with the music and then posted on Martin's journalism Web site, thewarriorpost.com.

E-mail jdouglas@wfaa.com

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