Panel Explores Problem of Bullying in Schools

Bullying in schools is a complex problem that can be solved, according to the comments of Notre Dame faculty members, South Bend community members, and other interested parties during a panel discussion following a March 23 screening of the documentary film, “Bully.”

The film, which has become the centerpiece of a nationwide anti-bullying effort called the Bully Project, traces the stories of young people who experienced that pattern of behavior and the profound impacts, including the tragedy of suicide, that followed.

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As part of an extended exploration of the bullying problem, the Browning Cinema at Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center hosted the panel discussion led by Clark Power, a psychology professor and Institute for Educational Initiatives faculty fellow who directs the Play Like a Champion Today ® character formation program in the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE).

“We tend to blame the victims,” Power said, adding that the solution is broader and deeper than somehow “fixing” a single problem with the victim—or the bully. The solution has been known for years, but it entails systemic, community-wide change, he said, expressing hope that those in the movie theater “can be the change this [film] is talking about.”

See the whole story at the Institute’s website, and learn more about Play Like a Champion Today.

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