ASHEVILLE, N.C. — “Allies Matter,” a documentary film produced largely at Clyde A. Erwin High School, is now available for viewing on YouTube.

The focus of the 17-minute film short is one LGBT teens and the school’s “advanced approach to the controversial issue,” WLOS-TV reported. The Allied Club, created by students/teachers, “offers safety and support” in combatting bullying. The film’s objective is to help better prepare administrators and teachers in their effort to create a healthier environment at their schools. It is now part of “How to be an Ally” educator workshops across North Carolina.

Other schools in the region were also involved in the production done by ZealSource for NC Healthy Schools and the N.C. Department of Public Health.

Contact Sherry Lehman, school consultant for youth suicide prevention for the state, at to attend a workshop or visit

To see the video, visit

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.