Go Behind the Scenes of Rise Against's Powerful Video, "Make It Stop (September's Children)"

Scenes from Rise Against’s “Make It Stop” video.

In case you missed one of this summer’s most powerful videos… Then DON’T! FIX IT. Watch Rise Against’s “Make It Stop” now!

Here’s the deal: The very cool guys of the punk rock band Rise Against yesterday released a gripping new anti-bullying themed video for their single “Make It Stop (September’s children).” The video premiered yesterday on MTV. Below, you can watch a very cool behind-the-scenes vid all about how this came to be.

First, “Make It Stop” was written as a response to the increased number of LGBT teen suicides last September, and the video follows three young people’s struggles with bullying at school–struggles that bring them within moments of ending their own lives.

And while the music video depicts characters who are gay (or perceived to be gay), lead singer Tim McIlrath explains “this song can apply to anybody who is feeling so tormented that they feel like there’s no place for them in the future and that killing themselves is a better option.”

The “Make It Stop (September’s Children)” video, filmed at Rolling Meadows High School where McIlrath went to school, was created in partnership with the LGBT support project It Gets Better.

“I wanted to do a song that, first, lets fans know that we don’t tolerate bigotry in our audience and, second, empower fans who are coming to grips with their own sexuality, empower them to be proud of who they are and that we accept them, and create a community that accepts them,” said McIlrath.

Very cool, guys. Very cool! Watch the “Make It Stop (September’s Children)” video, and watch the “behind-the-scenes” video below, too.

If you or a friend are struggling to cope with bullying, find ways to make it stop.

John Polly is a former editor at NewNowNext. He now makes the magic happen at World of Wonder.