Bully Movie Screening

Educators, parents and community members are invited to attend a 45-minute screening of the movie "Bully." A facilitated discussion conducted by PA Bullying Prevention trainers and consultants will be held after the viewing with professionals who can offer additional insights and solutions to this nationwide problem. They will also be available to speak privately with families in need of assistance.  Bully presentation at CSIU

Over 13 million American kids are bullied each year, making it the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the nation. Directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch, “Bully” brings human scale to this startling statistic, offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched kids and their families.

Academically, bullying takes a toll. It is widely believed that more than 160,000 students miss school every day due to fear of being bullied, and research has shown that children who are excluded from the peer group in early grades are at greater risk of academic difficulties.

Health issues experienced by children involved in bullying – whether participating in, being targeted by or witnessing bullying behaviors – are significant. Headaches, stomachaches and sleep problems are only a few of the physical and/or psychosomatic symptoms faced by some children. Anxiety, depression and other mood disorders are significantly associated with children who are bullied in school.

The movie screening and discussion is being hosted by the CSIU on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 and will begin at 6 p.m. It is one of nine events funded by the Highmark Foundation and is aimed to be a catalyst for change in the way we deal with bullying as parents, families, teachers and all who work with youth. The Center for Safe Schools and Pennsylvania bullying prevention experts led the post-viewing discussion, offered additional insights and solutions and were available to speak privately with families in need of assistance.

The movie has been edited from its theatrical release to exclude the more controversial material.

Please feel free to share this message and/or the attached flier with all stakeholders in your district. The event is free and open to the public. For online registration, go to www.SafeSchools.info. Walk-ins will be admitted as space allows.

Read coverage of the upcoming event from The Daily Item by clicking here.