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April 11, 2012

Opportunity to view 'Bully' at RA 2012

Source: NYSUT Media Relations

“Bully” A film no educator should miss!

The important issue of bullying is taking center stage — literally — with the release of the new documentary, “Bully.”

NYSUT leaders and delegates attending RA 2012 in Buffalo are encouraged to take advantage of a bus tour to a special screening of "Bully" on Friday, April 27.

Experience the acclaimed film “Bully” at the Amherst Theatre on Friday, April 27, 2012.

Your package will include transportation to the theatre and return transportation to your hotel.  Your bus will depart from the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 9:00 pm and return directly to your hotel approximately 12:30 AM.

The cost including transportation and show ticket is $20 per person. Driver gratuity is not included. 

Registration Deadline Date - EXTENDED: Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Download registation form on Leader Access.  

Directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch, “Bully” follows five bullied students and their families over the course of a school year.

The topic is one very familiar to NYSUT. The union, in conjunction with one of its national affiliates, the American Federation of Teachers, sponsored a highly successful conference in Albany late last year. And, in 2010, the union hailed the passage of the Dignity for All Students Act, legislation that had been long sought by NYSUT and a wide range of civil rights groups.

“The issue of bullying is nothing less than a civil rights issue,” said NYSUT Secretary-Treasurer Lee Cutler, who coordinates the union’s social justice efforts. “Schools must be safe havens for our children, an environment that fosters learning and a chance to succeed.”

Cutler said NYSUT would be promoting “Bully,” encouraging its members and the families they serve to view the film and use it as a catalyst for change in the way they deal with bullying.

(For more about bullying, you can also go to NEA's "Bully Free: It Start Starts With Me" web pages and their press release about the "Bully" film)

Bully Plot Synopsis

Directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch, BULLY is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary. At its heart are those with huge stakes in this issue whose stories each represent a different facet of America’s bullying crisis.

Bully follows five kids and families over the course of a school year.

Stories include two families who have lost children to suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14-year-old daughter who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus. With an intimate glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias and principals’ offices, the film offers insight into the often cruel world of the lives of bullied children.

As teachers, administrators, kids and parents struggle to find answers, BULLY examines the dire consequences of bullying through the testimony of strong and courageous youth. Through the power of their 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.