Three student organizations host showing of film ‘Bully’

April 9, 2014

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. —Three University of Wisconsin-Platteville student organizations recently hosted a campus-wide showing of “Bully,” an award-winning documentary about bullying in United States schools. The student organizations included Students Planning for Success, Students for Peace and Justice and Kappa Delta Pi.

“Bully,” directed by Lee Hirsch, follows the lives of five students in Georgia, Iowa, Texas, Mississippi and Oklahoma who were bullied on a daily basis during the 2009-10 academic year. The film shows the painful realities of bullying and how it affects the victims and their families. The film focuses on the deaths of two students who took their lives as a result of bullying, one of them at the age of 11.

“Hopefully, the showing of this film helped students become more aware of the extent of bullying in the education system,” said Dr. Rea Kirk, an education professor at UW-Platteville. “When students are aware of the tragic results of bullying, they become more ethically responsible citizens.”

The showing of the documentary was followed by a discussion facilitated by Kirk. To begin the discussion, each person stated a word or phrase that described how they felt after watching the video. Kirk said this led into a rich discussion of what can be done on both an individual and a societal level.

Students Planning for Success is led by advisor Priscilla Hahn, a learning support specialist in UW-Platteville’s Student Support Services, and Nicole DeClue, a senior middle level education major from Oconomowoc, Wis.

Students for Peace and Justice is led by advisor Dr. David Rowley, professor of history at UW-Platteville, and Elizabeth Renning, a junior elementary education major from Hartland, Wis.

Kappa Delta Pi is led by advisor John Nkemnji, professor and coordinator of educational media services in UW-Platteville’s School of Education, and Jessica Pearce, a senior elementary education major from Hazel Green, Wis. Hahn and Rowley were active participants in the event.

Contact: Rea Kirk, School of Education, (608) 342-1279, kirkr@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Jena Garrett, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191, garrettj@uwplatt.edu

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