Saturday, March 2, starting at 5 p.m. with a light supper, First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third St.,, Fulton, will host a recently released movie on the issue of bullying.
Following the movie, a discussion will be held, concluding by 8 p.m. Featured guests will include Bill Lynch, superintendant of Fulton schools, and other administrators who will be able to speak about “Dignity for All Students,” an active effort to keep schools safe for all children and youth.
Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward is also expected to attend along with other community representatives.
Copyright restrictions do not allow First United to publicize the title of the movie or the leading characters. Here, however, is a brief description from columnist Bob Mondello: “(This movie) is a wrenching, potentially transformative look at an epidemic of adolescent cruelty and adult paralysis in the nation’s public schools. (It) weaves together five different stories from different parts of America’s heartland. Two are about the grieving families of boys who’ve committed suicide – a 17 year-old in Georgia, and an 11 year-old in Oklahoma City. The rest are profiles of kids still toughing it out – a Mississippi teenager who has been jailed after pulling a gun on the kids who made her life a living hell, a lesbian high-schooler who is tormented not just by other students but by a teacher as well.”
There is no charge for the evening; donations for the meal will be accepted. Those attending are asked to RSVP by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 592-2707 by Wednesday, Feb. 27.
Child care will be provided upon request. Parents are advised that this unrated film may not be suitable for children.