Movie premiere honors West Springfield High student who died in 2016

Hampden County

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Hundreds in West Springfield attended Saturday afternoon’s world premiere of “Jack Jonah”, a film depicting the life and struggles of drug overdose victim Jack Jonah in 2016.

The movie that will show in schools and churches throughout the country conveys a strong anti-drug message.

Jack’s death in 2016 gave rise to his father Kirk Jonah creating the Jack Jonah foundation in his son’s memory.

Kirk told 22News of the message of support the foundation is trying to convey to young people.

“Make good decisions upfront, make right decisions. Have the courage to make the right decisions,” said Jonah. “Have the courage to speak up if you know somebody using an opioid such as heroin or a prescription drug.”

22News had attended the filming of “Jack Jonah” starring Dean Caine several months ago at it’s West Springfield locations.

Jack had attended West Springfield High School where the film premiered earlier Saturday.

“Jack Jonah” is being screened for a second time at the high school auditorium Saturday. It’s estimated close to 1,000 people will have attended the two screenings.

The Jack Jonah foundation will provide support for young people at risk throughout the country.

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