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Anti-Bully Movie to be Screened Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Wasatch School District is co-sponsoring an anti-bullying event with KUED to help parents and students understand the dangers associated with such actions.

A film screening and discussion of Not in our Town: Class Actions (Students stand up to hate and bullying), will be held on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art at 20 South West Temple in Salt Lake City.

Wasatch School District has made a strong effort to combat bullying. Brent Burnham, Midway Elementary Counselor, has created a strong program that has received national attention in their efforts to make children aware of the dangers of such actions. In addition, the "Bully Blockers" empower students to get involved and change the atmosphere that leads to bullying.

The severity of bullying was brought to the public attention recently in Utah, when a student from Sanpete County committed suicide. His family contends that it was pressure from bullies in his school that drove him to take his own life. They have filed a wrongful death suit against the district as well as several individuals in the case.

The film, Not in Our Town , is designed to promote discussion and action as communities work to teach their children how dangerous such actions are. The post-film discussion will be moderated by Kilo Zamora, Executive Director of the Inclusion Center. Dr. David Parker, Associate Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Center for Community of Caring Institute at the University of Utah will discuss the climate of bullying in the state of Utah.

BY JOHN MOSS   01/30/2012

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