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WIVP Supports 'The Bully Project: A Year in the Life of America's bullying crisis"

SIOUX CITY, IA - January, 2010 -- The Waitt Institute has partnered with Emmy and Sundance Award winning documentary film maker Lee Hirsch and producer and writer Cynthia Lowen, in the making of the ground breaking documentary "The Bully Project: A Year in the life of America's bullying crisis.

The Bully Project", a character driven film will actually follow the lives and stories of students across the country starting on the first day of school to the last.  The film will also delve deeper into some of the tragic stories that have garnered national attention due to suicides, school shootings, and other acts of violence. 

The film will also feature the work of the "Sioux City Project" a four year concentrated violence prevention program in middle and high schools (see Sioux City Project).  With unprecedented access to Sioux City schools, "The Bully Project" will follow stories over the course of the school year, as students teachers, coaches, principals, and parents battle bullying in the district.

In addition to focusing on the young lives touched by bullying (an estimated three million children will be bullied this year),the film will also touch on bullying in the workplace, and touch on the cultural roots of bullying in America.

Watch this clip from the movie: