About 425 free tickets are available for students to attend a special showing of the documentary "Bully" at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 12 at the Grand, 1101 "O" Street. The tickets will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and doors will open at 8:15 a.m. The regular ticket price is $6.
The movie will be followed by a panel discussion led by Dr. Susan Swearer, a UNL psychology professor who is co-director of the Bullying Research Network. The discussion will be taped and aired on the government cable access channels 5 (5 CITY-TV) and 10 (10 Health) as well as 21 Educational Access. The channels are part of the Citizen Information Center (CIC), a division of the Mayor's Office.
The free tickets were made possible by donations from businesses, organizations and individuals, including the Lincoln Community Foundation, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, the Lincoln Electric System, Valentino's, Lincoln Yoga Center, Samuel and Joyce Baird and Ronald and Tracey Lockard.
The 98-minute movie tells the stories of five families dealing with bullying, including two who lost children due to suicide. It is rated PG-13 for its intense themes, disturbing content and strong language.
Kirk Smalley of Oklahoma, whose son Ty committed suicide after being bullied, has recorded a message for the event, which will be shown before the movie. Materials from the "Stand for the Silent" initiative, inspired by Ty, will be distributed at the event.
Program schedules for the access channels are available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: tv). Programming also can be viewed through video-on-demand and the YouTube sites for 10 Health and 5 CITY-TV, available at the same website.