BULLY

The film “BULLY” chronicles the experience of 5 children who were victims of bullying at school.

See below for a synopsis from the movie’s production notes:

Over 13 million American kids will be bullied this year, making it the most common form of
violence experienced by young people in the nation. The new documentary film BULLY,
directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch, brings human scale to this startling statistic, offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched five kids and their families.

BULLY is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary. At its heart are those with
huge stakes in this issue whose stories each represent a different facet of America’s bullying crisis. Filmed over the course of the 2009/2010 school year, BULLY opens a window onto the pained and often endangered lives of bullied kids, revealing a problem that transcends geographic, racial, ethnic and economic borders. It documents the responses of teachers and administrators to aggressive behaviors that defy “kids will be kids” clichés, and it captures a growing movement among parents and youths to change how bullying is handled in schools, in communities and in society as a whole.

More information on the film

The film is currently playing in Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk and Bronxville.  Show times

As Goal IV, the building of community as a Christian value, is paramount to our success as a school, we put much effort into preventing bullying by creating a safe and inclusive environment for all.  We also address the issue through our advisory program, through our health curriculum and through our Big Sister program. Here’s Sacred Heart’s Bullying Policy, as it appears on p. 20 of the Student Handbook:

We do not accept any form of negative behavior towards others.  In addition, we do not tolerate bullying in any form, as it is hurtful to individuals and damages our school community.  Examples of bullying include repeated acts of the following:

  • Physical aggression
  • Hurtful teasing
  • Spreading rumors
  • Preventing others from joining a group
  • Encouraging others to be unkind to someone
  • Sending unkind text, email or instant messages
  • Posting inappropriate pictures or statements about others in blogs or on Web sites
  • Assuming someone else’s online identity to make negative statements or spread rumors

While we expect that parents will handle issues of negative behavior and bullying that occur off-campus, the School reserves the right to address any off-campus behavior that negatively affects the ability of our students to have a safe and productive experience at Sacred Heart.

In cases of negative community membership, the disciplinary committee will recommend an appropriate response.

Please contact your daughter’s advisor, Lisa Weinman or Dave Olson if you have any concerns regarding her experience at Sacred Heart.

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