Buillying documentary screened at Sandia Prep

Posted at: 08/21/2013 6:46 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Tuesday night, KOB Eyewitness News 4 brought you a documentary film and a live discussion about the ever-growing problem of bullying among our young people. Wednesday, the show hit the road to Sandia Prep School.

The film is called “Bystanders: Ending Bullying” – the most important people when it comes to bullying.  Bullies won’t stop it, victims can’t stop it, but bystanders can.

Kids at Sandia Prep watched “Bystanders: Ending Bullying” and then brainstormed with filmmaker Chris Schueler about the best ways to take the film and its message to students all over the state.

Yes, there are skeptics. Student Matthew Stanasolovich is one of them.

“Ah, you know the bullies aren’t going to see this movie,” Stanasolovich said. “Well, they will, but it’s not going to make any effect on them. I think at this age people are emotionally confused and they have a lot going on in their heads and stuff.”

Right, Matthew. But remember this isn’t aimed at bullies or victims, really; it’s the vast majority of kids who are simply bystanders.

“The hope is that students here and then in other schools across the city and then across the state will become better bystanders,” said Schueler. “They can actually put an end to bullying because they’re the ones with the true power.”

It’s the power of numbers, the power to step up and speak up and stop bad things from happening.

“There’s always going to be bullying,” said Sandia Prep counselor Karen Lyall after watching the film. “We just learned how to deal with it, and we need to continue to do that.”

“Our Facebook page and our Twitter account have just been on fire,” Schueler said. It’s been really amazing since the program aired (Tuesday) night, and really amazing comments from parents and students alike who have said 'Wow, that’s me!'”

The plan is to send a copy of the documentary to every school in the state, and eventually just about every student will see it.