Houston Mayor Annise Parker has proclaimed October 2014 as “National Bullying Prevention Month in Houston” and announced Houston’s participation in the Mayor’s Campaign to End Bullying, a national initiative of the U.S. Conference of Mayors sponsored in partnership with the Bully Project.
Mayor Parker is campaign chair and spokesperson for the national effort, which includes the participation of more than 200 mayors in nearly all 50 states.
“Bullying has an impact on children’s achievement in school and can be so extreme that it can lead to the personal tragedy of suicide,” said Mayor Parker. “Today let us resolve to initiate a dialogue among school administrators, teachers, parents, students and community stakeholders to raise public awareness about bullying and create programs to ensure a safe educational environment for all of our students.”
The mayor announced a public screening of the award-winning documentary “Bully,” scheduled for Friday October 17, 7:30 p.m., at Discovery Green. The film will also be screened at HISD schools to help educate students about what they can do to prevent bullying. The documentary is being presented to communities across the nation as part of the campaign.
On October 24, Mayor Parker will deliver the campaign message to youth leaders taking part in the No Place for Hate Youth Summit at South Texas College of Law. The mayor will speak to students about how they can take the anti-bullying message back to their schools, families and communities.
To find out about local bullying prevention efforts, call the Department of Neighborhoods Mayor’s Office of Education Initiatives at 832-393-0816.
About the Film “Bully”
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. 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 as they cope in different ways with relentless cruelty while trying to fit in. Filmed over the course of a single school year, Bully sheds new light on the pained and often endangered lives of bullied kids today, revealing a problem that transcends geographic, racial, ethnic and economic borders. It documents the responses of teachers and administrators to aggressive behaviors that go beyond “kids will be kids” clichés and captures a growing movement among parents and youths to change how bullying is handled in schools, in communities and in society as a whole.