The BULLY Project reaches 1.8+ million views

A little over one year ago, when AFSA proudly became a partner of the BULLY Project and first adopted a resolution aimed to end bullying in schools, The BULLY Project established a goal of screening the film Bully coupled with educational programs for one million kids. Creator of the movie, Lee Hirsch announced at an event on Wednesday, June 5 that, not only was the goal reached, but to date over 1.8 million kids have seen the film.

AFSA attended Wednesday’s event, “Bullying Prevention: Strategies for Schools and Communities to Reduce Bullying” held  at the Cannon House Office Building and the event following at the National Press Club. Speakers included Representative Mike Honda (D-CA), Kerry Kennedy and Deborah Temkin of the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights, Jillian Oberfield of Common Sense Media, Stephen Balkam of the Family Online Safety Institute, Lee Hirsch, Director of Bully and Founder of The BULLY Project, Randi Weingarten, AFT, Dennis Van Roekel, NEA, Richard Iannuzzi, NYSUT and Hal Wurster, Chrysler Group.

Additionally, Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA), announced the re-launch of the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus. Rep. Honda said there are currently 57 members of the caucus—and it is growing. There were dozens of congressional staff members in attendance at the morning event, which was a very positive sign that more members are interested in joining the caucus.

Kerry Kennedy and Deborah Temkin of the RFK center announced the launch of Project SEATBELT (Safe Environments Achieved Through Bullying prevention, Engagement, Leadership and Teaching respect; projectsseatbelt.org for more info).  Project SEATBELT offers a comprehensive set of evidence-based tools, developed in partnership with the Making Caring Common Project at Harvard Graduate School of Education, to help schools, parents, and communities prevent bullying before it starts. It is a part of the RFK Center’s Speak Truth To Power human rights education program and will be featured in a national television advertising campaign by Chrysler Group. A national commercial will air tonight during the NBA Finals.

AFSA will continue to work with The BULLY Project and is also a member of the National Safe Schools Partnership, a coalition working to support the Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA), S.403/H.R. 1199. SSIA would require schools to have bullying prevention policies that protect every student in schools, including the most vulnerable. These are proven policies that help students, and help school leaders provide a safe and secure learning environment for all. The measure has bipartisan support in both chambers with 128 cosponsors in the House and 28 in the Senate.