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Nov. 30, 2012
CONTACT: K. E. Schwab

SGA proclaims 'Bully Awareness Day'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Today is "Slippery Rock Student Government Association Bullying Awareness Day." David Wolfe, SGA president, made the proclamation.

Wolfe, a sport management and communication from Pittsburgh, said that as part of the daylong observance, the feature film "Bully" would be shown at 4 p.m. in the Smith Student Center and again at 9:30 p.m., in the Aebersold Student Recreation Center.

"I think that by showing the film, we will help bring awareness to the problem," he said. "And we will give the audience educational information in regards to bullying at a collegiate level."

"There are a number of outlets on campus where students who are witness to or personally affected by bullying can go for support. We will be providing that information at both showings," he said.

The proclamation urges all SRU "students and community members to support the efforts of the SRSGA Inc. outreach committee that encourage young adults to end bullying within the college life style."

The independent, feature-documentary, re-rated PG-13, reported that more than 13 percent of American youngsters would be bullied at school, online, on the bus, at home, through their cell phones and on the streets of their towns. The film calls bullying, the "most common form of violence young people in this country experience."

The film, written by Cynthia Lowen and Lee Hirsch, examines how nearly all people have been subject to some form of bullying and offers ways to deal with, and end, bullying. Hirsch also directed.

A Time magazine review headline called the film "Bully: A Punishing Movie Your Kids Must See."

The magazine described the documentary "As vivid as any horror film, as heartbreaking as any Oscar-worthy drama." Hirsch, who says he was a victim of bullying as a child, spent the 2009-10 school year tracking the cases of five abused kids, including two that had committed suicide. The focus is on the receivers of badgering, not on those who dish it out.

"Bully" was originally rated "R" (Restricted: Under 17 requires an accompanying parent or adult guardian) because of extensive use of the "f-word." An appeal and protests by parents who believed younger children should see the film because of its content rather than language resulted in the Motion Picture Association of America lowering the rating after some editing to reduce use of the "f-word" was completed.

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