Stories about the serious harm bullying has on young people — and the terrible measures some take to end the torment — dominate the headlines far too often.
Parents, educators and the Volunteer Counseling Services of Rockland County (VCS) will host a film screening and panel discussion on the subject Saturday, Oct. 5 at noon at the Manse Barn, 32 Old Tappan Road in Tappan.
From the organizers:
“Bully” is a 98-minute documentary by filmmaker Lee Hirsch that takes an in-depth look at the effects of America’s bullying crisis. This documentary offers a rare glimpse into homes, classrooms, lunchrooms, and principals’ offices designed to open a window into the pained lives of bullied children.
The film provides an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched the lives of five courageous kids and their families.
“Bullying must be addressed by our entire community; as it is not confined by school walls. Each of us has a role to play to set the climate of our schools and community. We must work together to create an atmosphere where all young people can thrive and grow to ensure that no young person suffers alone in silence,” said Joseph Coe, MPA, VCS’ Community Liaison.
A panel discussion follows the screening and addresses key issues highlighted in the film. There will also be a Q&A period structured as an honest and informed talk. VCS recommends that parents see this film first before deciding if they want to share it with their children.
Phyllis Frank: Director of Social Justice Programs at VCS.
Liam Frawley: Director of Athletics for the South Orangetown School District and District-Wide Dignity Act Coordinator.
Dan Sullivan: Spanish Teacher at South Orangetown Middle School and Dignity Act Coordinator for SOMS.
Joseph Coe: Community Liaison at VCS who has first publicly spoke out against bullying at age 16.
Mimi Goodman, LCSW: Anti-Violence Coordinator at the Clarkstown Central School District.
Pre-register online at http://www.taplib.org or call 845-359-3877 for more information. This event is free and open to the public.
National Bullying Prevention Month was started in 2006 by PACER National Center for Bullying Prevention. It is designed to unite communities nationwide to raise awareness of bullying’s impact through events, education, and outreach.