BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The new documentary "Bully" starts a valuable
conversation about bullying, but illustrates how many schools lack
adequate training to cope with this all-too-common problem,
according to the director of the University at Buffalo's Jean M.
Alberti Center for the Prevention of Bullying Abuse and School
"'Bully' is a powerful documentary," says Amanda B. Nickerson,
PhD, associate professor in UB's Graduate School of Education.
"This film is going to start or continue a conversation in all of
our communities about bullying."
Following her appointment last year as the first director of
UB's Alberti Center, Nickerson has been a frequent national
spokeswoman on the topic of bullying.
"Although the film presents some hope for how we can make
change, the school staff profiled in the film do not have the
training and resources necessary to help them create positive
outcomes," she says.
Nickerson, an expert consultant for Education.com, participated
on a panel for a town hall meeting at the National Association of
Elementary School Principals conference in Seattle on March 22.
After viewing the film's trailer, panel members said the movie
presented "an opportunity to engage in conversation about how the
entire community can work together to create a culture of kindness,
respect and inclusion in the schools, and to respond consistently
and effectively when incidents occur."
The movie, which debuted March 31, is scheduled to premier in
Buffalo Friday, April 20. Several groups at UB, including
representatives from Wellness Education Services, UB Honors
College, Amnesty International and UB's LGBT community, plan to
screen the film Sunday, April 22.
Nickerson says she is pleased that many news stories about the
film have listed resources available to assist schools, parents and
Helpful resources suggested by Nickerson include:
UB's Jean M. Alberti Center, www.education.com/topic/school-bullying-teasing.