Bullying can happen anywhere to anyone, and has become a widespread issue, especially among school-age children. One local school is trying to educate their students about bullying and hoping to put an end to it.
Sharon Gallogly, guidance counselor at Tygarts Valley Middle/High School, helped get funds for all the school's students to view the 2011 documentary "Bully" Thursday at the Elkins Cinema 8.
"We are so glad to find a way to bring every student to view this movie," Gallogly said. "The money from Donors Choose provided funds for transportation to the show and the price of the show for every student in our school."
The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Christian Broschart
Tygarts Valley High School seniors Daniel Sayre and Jarod Shrader join classmates Thursday at the Elkins Cinema 8 to see “Bully,” a 2011 documentary focusing on peer-to-peer bullying. Approximately 466 students in grades six to 12 at Tygarts Valley High and Middle High School were able to see ‘Bully’ through a grant from Donors Choose.
Gallogly said the Bully Project has a goal that 1 million kids view "Bully" so they partnered with Donors Choose to help provide funding for schools to bring their students to see the film.
The 2011 documentary focuses on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America. The film is being released in theaters again so teachers can take their students to see the film.
Tygarts Valley High School seniors Daniel Sayre and Jarod Shrader said they are excited to see "Bully."
"Kids today have no respect for anybody," Shrader said. "I think this film will probably change people's minds. Word needs to get out that people should not bully one another."
Paige Ball and Kennedy Stanley, both juniors at Tygarts Valley High School, spoke with Tygarts Valley Middle School students about bullying.
"We prepared a power point presentation designed to define bullying and cyber bullying, how to use precautions and our own personal stories," Ball said. "We hope this show changes their way of thinking. Bullying doesn't make you feel good."
"I am excited to watch "Bully," Stanley said. "I am probably going to cry during the movie."
Gallogly said training packet was available for use with the students after the documentary.
The movie "Bully" is currently being shown at Elkins Cinema 8, and also in Buckhannon. The application for funding for the movie is available at help.donorschoose.org/app/bullyproject. Teachers applying for funding should know it is available only to schools who have at least 200 students attending the movie.