Award-Winning Documentary 'Bully' at Lake Theatre Playing Through May 3rd

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The PTO Council is inviting Oak Park parents and interested community members to consider viewing the award-winning documentary "Bully," now showing at Lake Theatre through May 3. We caution parents that young or more sensitive viewers might be upset by the contents of this film, as the presentation of the subject matter is intense and unflinching. For more information, please read the press release below: 

The Lake Theatre is pleased to announce the opening of an important documentary called "Bully" (PG-13) on April 20th. Directed by Sundance and Emmy award-winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, "Bully" highlights the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the nation, with over 13 million American children to be bullied this year. The film brings human scale to this startling statistic, offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched five kids and their families. Show times are 12:15pm, 2:30pm, 4:45pm, 7pm, and 9:15pm at the Lake Theatre,1022 Lake Street in downtown Oak Park.

"Bully" is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary. At its heart are those personally touched by bullying, opening a window onto the pained and often endangered lives of bullied kids. Filmed over the course of the 2009/2010 school year, "Bully" reveals 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.

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So many parents and kids feel disempowered when it comes to bullying! Parents wonder how to protect their children; kids spend countless angst -filled hours and days trying to avoid bullies yet suffer from the mental and physical abuse. Let's not accept that "kids will be kids." Instead let's accept that "everything starts with one!" Attend the movie, "Bully," and then let's join together to stand up for each other no matter who we are.

"Bully" is currently showing at the Lake Theater through May 3.

By Melissa Black Ford

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T.J. from OP  

Posted: May 2nd, 2012 8:04 PM

Does any one remember the episode of the Brady Bunch where Peter tried "reasoning" with the school bully. Reasoning didn't work, but an old fashioned arse whippin did. Teach your children to stand up for for themselves. This will serve them well their entire life. Nobody is going to look after your interest like you. I'm teaching my children to be kind and tough. I remember in high school when I had to beat the tar out of a kid. I had zero problems for the remainder of my senior year.

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