Cleveland State University's College of Education & Human Services is pleased to announce the Northeast Ohio premiere of a documentary about a student, a school and a case that made history. BULLIED – a cornerstone anti-bullying film that "is powerful, important and extremely realistic," will provide parents and teachers alike "with a rare opportunity to address bullying in a real and meaningful way" (Lee Cutler, Secretary/Treasurer, New York State United Teachers).
Endorsed by the NEA, the Committee for Children, the Anti-Defamation League, GLSEN, and the National Safe Schools Coalition, among others, BULLIED chronicles the tormented life of an adolescent at the hands of anti-gay bullies in his school. With the help and support of his family and his legal defense team – who believed in equality for all students under the law –this small town boy from northern Wisconsin won a landmark lawsuit in federal court that established the right of every student to equal protection under the law, no matter the student's race, gender or sexual orientation.
According to Dr. Jack Buckley, Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), their most recent findings of bullying in the 2008-09 school year reports that 7,066,000 U.S. students, ages 12 through 18, reported they were bullied at school, and about 1,521,000 reported they were cyber-bullied at school and elsewhere – on and off school property (Buckley, 2011, Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit, Washington, D.C.).
The Viewing will be Monday, February 20th from 11:30 am to 2:00 in the Atrium of Julka Hall, College of Education & Human Services on Cleveland State University's main campus, as we explore the complexities of bullying and the destructive impact on our schools and communities.