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Screening, Panel Discussion of “Bully”

Tappan, NY – As part of National Bullying Prevention Month, Tappan Library along with Volunteer Counseling Services of Rockland County (VCS) will screen the film “Bully” on Saturday, October 5 at 12noon at the Manse Barn, 32 Old Tappan Road in Tappan. “Bully" is a 98-minute documentary by filmmaker Lee Hirsch, which takes an in-depth look at the effects of America's bullying crisis. This documentary offers a rare glimpse into homes, classrooms, lunchrooms, and principals’ offices designed to open a window into the pained lives of bullied children.

The film provides an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched the lives of five courageous kids and their families. “Bullying must be addressed by our entire community; as it is not confined by school walls. Each of us has a role to play to set the climate of our schools and community. We must work together to create an atmosphere where all young people can thrive and grow to ensure that no young person suffers alone in silence,” affirms Joseph Coe, MPA, VCS’ Community Liaison.

A panel discussion follows the screening and addresses key issues highlighted in the film. There will also be a Q&A period structured as an honest and informed talk. VCS recommends that parents see this film first before deciding if they want to share it with their children.

Panelists include:
Phyllis Frank: Director of Social Justice Programs at VCS.
Liam Frawley: Director of Athletics for the South Orangetown School District and District-Wide Dignity Act Coordinator.
Dan Sullivan: Spanish Teacher at South Orangetown Middle School and Dignity Act Coordinator for SOMS.
Joseph Coe: Community Liaison at VCS who has first publicly spoke out against bullying at age 16.
Mimi Goodman, LCSW: Anti-Violence Coordinator at the Clarkstown Central School District.

Pre-register online at http://www.taplib.org or call[masked] for more info. This event is free and open to the public.

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