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SPLC to Host Free Screening of Bullied in Minneapolis

The Southern Poverty Law Center will present a free Minneapolis screening of the new Teaching Tolerance film Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case that Made History, Tuesday, Nov. 9 at Central Lutheran Church. SPLC Founder Morris Dees, President Richard Cohen and Jamie Nabozny, the student portrayed in the film, will speak at the event.

The Southern Poverty Law Center will present a free Minneapolis screening of the new Teaching Tolerance film Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case that Made History, Tuesday, Nov. 9 at Central Lutheran Church. SPLC Founder Morris Dees, President Richard Cohen and Jamie Nabozny, the student portrayed in the film, will speak at the event.

Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010 – 7 p.m.
Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis

[All seats for this event are filled]

Bullied the movieBullied chronicles the powerful story of a student from Ashland, Wis., Jamie Nabozny, who stood up to his anti-gay tormentors with a federal lawsuit. The suit led to a landmark decision that held school officials accountable for not stopping anti-gay bullying.

Despite that ruling, anti-LGBT bullying continues to be a severe problem. Today, more than 80% of LGBT students report being harassed at school - yet schools across the country are still unwilling or afraid to address anti-gay bullying openly.

Too many children have taken their own lives after enduring relentless bullying. In the Anoka-Hennepin school district near Minneapolis, for example, several LGBT students have committed suicide.

We know that nothing will change – and thousands more children will continue to suffer violence and humiliation – until schools confront the problem head-on. The Southern Poverty Law Center urges school districts to adopt policies that specifically address bullying based on sexual orientation and gender expression.

All children are entitled to a safe learning environment – one free from harassment and abuse.