Anti-bullying film to be shown free in Englewood

“Bully,” the first feature documentary to show the effects of bullying, screens for the first time tomorrow: State Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, the lead sponsor of New Jersey’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, along with her husband, Englewood Mayor Frank Huttle III, will be hosting the event at Bergen PAC.

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Englewood Mayor Frank Huttle, NJ State Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle

A noon showing is a reserved viewing for school groups from throughout Bergen County who’ll be brought in.

A free 6 p.m. show is open to the community, followed by an event discussion among parents, children and others.

Tyler Clementi’s suicide has helped make bullying-prevention a nationwide concern. “Bully” shows how bullying affects everyone from victims, to perpetrators to silent witnesses.

“Even though New Jersey now has the toughest anti-bullying law in the nation, some school districts, parents, and students still do not understand that peer bullying has horrific and life-changing consequences,” Vainieri Huttle said.

The film, she said, “showcases the harassment and intimidation the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights seeks to prevent and address.  This movie is both heartbreaking and enlightening and I hope everyone will take the time to see it.”

Making the screenings significant: “Bully” is officially booked into theaters across the U.S. but not in Bergen County.

“The Bully Project opens on the first day of school. For the more than 5 million kids who’ll be bullied this year in the United States, it’s a day filled with more anxiety and foreboding than excitement,” writes the Weinstein company, producers of the film write.

“As the sun rises and school busses across the country overflow with backpacks, brass instruments and the rambunctious sounds of raging hormones, this is a ride into the unknown.”

For a lot of youngsters, only one thing is certain ….

“It’s a real eye opener,” Mayor Huttle added, “especially for those who think they might not be directly affected by bullying — because, in one way or another, we all are.

“It’s important that the families, educators, and leaders in our community have an opportunity to see this movie.”

The trailer is about to top 1.7 million hits on YouTube:

This article was written by the youngest staffer at CLIFFVIEW PILOT, 16-year-old Lexy Siegel of Northern Valley High School.

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