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Films & Issues: Bully

The Bentonville Public Library (BPL) Teen Services Department has created a new program to foster conversations in the community about current issues facing teens around the country. The Library’s premiere Films & Issues series will focus on bullying and its effects on youth will be presented on Saturday, October 19 at 1:00 pm.

According to stopbullying.gov, bullying is defined as “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involve a real or perceived power imbalance.” The Bentonville Public Library will present the documentary film Bully to the community followed by a panel discussion to create a dialog between parents, students, and community leaders about this very important topic.

Panel members include three Bentonville High School students who represent different clubs and organizations that promote anti-bullying, and also a student who has overcome bullying. The panel will also include Jenny Brown, Fulbright Junior High School counselor who is a youth advocate. Jessica Gallegos will represent the Teen Action & Support Center (TASC), a non-profit organization that works with community teens to “encourage, empower, and connect.”  

Sandra Underwood, a Family Therapist and an Associate Counselor will discuss the emotional impact of bullying on a child and how families can seek outside help. Underwood is a native of Bentonville and has a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from John Brown University.  She is licensed in the State of Arkansas as both an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and an Associate Counselor. 

Sarah Gowdy, Teen Services Librarian, hopes this film viewing and panel discussion will not only open up a community discussion about the effects of bullying, but also give families information about how they can seek help if their children are impacted by bullying.

Bentonville Public Library warns that Bully is rated (PG-13) for strong language involving children.

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