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Educator to shoot music video
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“Beautiful.” That’s the title of a song and message a Live Oak Elementary School special education co-teacher wants to get across to young children who have been affected by bullying.

Devon Hines, who has worked with the Newton County School System for nine years, wrote the song “Beautiful” more than three years ago and now has plans to shoot a music video on March 16 for the contemporary Christian tune, which he hopes will be viewed by youths and other people who may not feel positive about themselves.

Hines said church members from Springfield Baptist Church, in Conyers, and students from Live Oak Elementary School will be in the music video, which will be filmed at the school. He said his family will also be featured, with his daughter as the main character — a young girl who is bullied and grows into a woman who deals with low self-esteem. Hines’ two sons will also be in the video.

Hines said he was inspired to write the song after he met a woman, who as an adult, was still affected by the bullying she received as a child. He said he wants people to realize everyone is beautiful no matter what other people may say or think.

“Right now, bulling is really big,” Hines said. “People are trying to figure out what they can do to work with some of these kids who are dealing with bullying or whatever and I think this will be a good [song] because of the beat and it will involve the kids.”

“Despite what you are going through, you are still beautiful in God’s eyes. It’s a Christian song, but it’s a crossover song also,” Hines said.

“Beautiful” is available on iTunes and at