Anti-Violence Center Helps Local Kids See Documentary 'Bully'

Richard Johnson Center, The Bully Project distribute 2,000 tickets

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Saint Joseph’s University’s Richard Johnson Center for Anti-Violence, in conjunction with The Bully Project, is sending more than 1,200 Philadelphia students this week to see the documentary Bully. The film, directed by Sundance and Emmy award-winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch, offers a look at how bullying has touched five kids and their families.

“The movie is so powerful that kids who see it can’t help but be moved by its message,” says Richard Johnson Center Director Maria, Kefalas, Ph.D. “It is crucial that as many kids as possible see this movie. We are proud of the work we’ve done to get students to the theatre.”

The Richard Johnson Center secured 2,000 tickets from The Bully Project and has been working with local schools to arrange for the screenings at the Landmark Ritz at the Bourse Theatre in Philadelphia, which are happening daily at 1 p.m.

Participating schools include:

Charter School of Architecture & Design Epiphany of Our Lord School Furness High School Gesu School Girard College High School Saint Dominic School Saint Joseph’s Preparatory High School Science Leadership Academy Upper Darby High School The Richard Johnson Center is working to distribute the remaining tickets, and to develop a “Rules for Cyber-citizenship” campaign for elementary and middle school students. The campaign will serve as a resource for parents, educators and students to combat cyber-bullying.

Guided by the Jesuit mission to be men and women for others, the Richard Johnson Center is dedicated to the study of cities, young people, crime, families and societal inequalities. Among the Richard Johnson Center’s priorities is the Philadelphia Youth Solutions Project (, a viral effort to create a social media community for young people to consider solutions to Philadelphia’s violence epidemic. The project has brought SJU together with the City of Philadelphia, the Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and the Philadelphia Youth Commission.

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