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Bully Talk-Back Event a massive success!

April 27, 2012

A message from Friends of the Drexel Board Chairman Richard Stoff:

“… a warm and inviting community meeting place.” Those are words taken from the vision statement of Friends of the Drexel, and on Tuesday evening, April 24, we modeled those words in our sold-out audience talk-back forum to first watch and then discuss the gripping documentary BULLY. To see NBC-4 Cabot Rea’s news account of the forum click here. Educators, students and their parents – indeed our neighbors and friends – came together to share their perspectives (and feelings, too) about this national epidemic and what we can do in our own community to put an end to it. We were enriched by an extraordinary panel of experts – Ohio Supreme Court Justice Yvette McGee Brown, Ohio State University Medical Center Chair of Psychiatry Dr. John Campo, Bexley Middle and High School Principal Harley Williams, and my dear friend Susan Steinman, a family therapist here in Bexley, and who helped organize the event with me – sensitively moderated by Mark Real, president of KidsOhio and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund of Ohio. Two courageous students, Abigail and Shelby, joined the panel to tell their stories about how they were bullied at school and how they and their peers are now empowered to work with all of us to find solutions. They were amazing. This was a stunning evening. I am told by the Drexel staff that Tuesday evening’s screening of the film at our local art house out-grossed every other screening of the movie that night from LA to New York. The Drexel’s content is about great film, but mission-centric for us, under our new not-for-profit business model, is also “serving” and “educating” in a “warm and inviting community meeting place.” On behalf of our board of directors … bravo to each of you, CAPA, our staff at the theatre and to all our supporters for helping us to realize, not just imagine, this vision.

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