Battle Against Bullying: Forum Held After ‘Bully’ Documentary Showing
Thirteen million young people are bullied each year in the U.S., and being a target leaves a mark.
“You never forget,” said 52-year-old Kevin Spangler.
In 2012, bullying is not just a male issue, and it’s as much about Facebook as it is face-to-face bullying.
“People get on Facebook and there’s drama as they start saying things and then you go to school and bullying starts from Facebook drama,” said 14-year-old Bria.
Students, teachers, and parents filled the Drexel Theater to see the acclaimed documentary “Bully” and the forum that followed.
The forum was hosted by a panel that ranged from students like Shelby, a Columbus Arts and Preparatory Highs School, who explained how she found healing from a past of verbal and physical bullying in a theater group that performs their equality project at other middle and high schools.
“We have personal stories and look at what we can do to unite and speak out against bullying,” Shelby said.
Questions came from the audience written and spoken about why kids are bullied and the role of teachers, coaches and adults to not turn a blind eye.
“When there is chronic bullying persistent, by definition, kids aren’t going to work it out. They need adults and their peers,” said Dr. David Campo, of The Ohio State University.
Another question was about the role of parents – whether or not their child is a target or bully.
“If you are the parent of a popular student, a jock, or cheerleader, [your role] is to teach your kids it’s about relationships, about being kind and values, and they have to see us acting in that way as well,” said Ohio Supreme Court Justice Yvette McGee Brown.
The forum used a real-life documentary to open dialogue and find answers to rally new volunteers of all ages to win the battle against bullying.
“I think people should stand up for others who can’t for themselves,” said 17-year-old Ajaih.
NBC4 is hosting a private free screening of the movie “Bully” – the critically acclaimed documentary – on Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m. at The Drexel Theatre in Bexley. Following the 7 p.m. screening of “Bully,” NBC4 anchor Cabot Rea and behavioral expert Rick Rieser will host a discussion about the movie and the issue.
Middle school students and their parents are encouraged to attend. You must be 18 to register; if you are under 18, your parent must register. Ticket requests will be handled first come, first served. Seats are limited. If your request is granted, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions of how to get your ticket(s). A maximum of four tickets per person will be offered.
Reserve your tickets by clicking here.
The documentaryexamines the dire consequences of bullying through the testimony of strong and courageous youth. Through the power of these stories, the film aims to be a catalyst for change in the way we deal with bullying as parents, teachers, children and society as a whole.
“Bully” is rated PG-13 for language. Parents should use caution; some portions may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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