Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt hosted a discussion panel and a movie screening of the award-winnng documentary “Bully,” at East Chapel Hill High School Monday.
Only about two dozen people attended, and the event drew no high school students.
Rachel Kaplan, a staff member for The Bully Project, a national movement to end bullying inspired by the 2012 documentary, said Monday’s program is part of a national initiative started by the project called Mayors Campaign to End Bullying.
“Over 200 mayors across the country are showing the film during this month in an effort to start conversations in their town,” Kaplan said.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and so far, the movie has been shown to approximately 3.5 million children.
“The response to the movie has been really positive,” Kaplan said. “It’s been great to sort of watch what people are doing and the changes they are making in their schools.”
Dana Griffin, associate professor and school counseling program coordinator at the UNC School of Education, was a panelist at the event.
“I want the audience to learn how bullying actually hurts people,” Griffin said.