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Deep Creek Middle students view film for lessons on positive relationships
11/19/2012

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On Friday, October 26, 2012, Deep Creek Middle School's seventh grade class attended a screening of BULLY, a film depicting the harsh realities of bullying, at the AMC theaters in White Marsh.

Prior to viewing the film, students met in their homerooms to discuss the bullying epidemic with regard to the population in general and the film's characters in specific. Following this discussion, faculty and staff members encouraged the students to take note during the movie of the consequences that bullying has on its victims. Students responded to this suggestion by writing down their thoughts on the actions and reactions of the actors and actresses in the film.

Upon the students' return to school, the thoughts they jotted down throughout the screening served as the foundation for conversations on how the film impacted them and how they can work toward ending the cycle of bullying on community-wide and worldwide scales. During the conversations, students remarked that the film's inclusion of the real-life experiences of several victims of bullying added personal undertones to already emotional stories, thus providing for the moving effect the film had on them.

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Deep Creek Middle credits Alexis Mazur, the library media specialist, for the inspiration for the field trip. Mazur was first to hear of the Bully Project, a campaign that strives to reach a conclusion to this ever-growing issue, and sought to spread the Project's message to the students in order to foster more positive relationships within the classroom.

Story and photos submitted by Alexis Mazur, Library Media Specialist, Deep Creek Magnet Middle. Story edited by Blake Lubinski, an intern in the Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Communications and a senior at Towson High School.
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