2013 News and Events
Montreal Welcomes BULLY Director
25 February 2013
We are extremely proud to support the work of Quebec’s Fondation Jasmin Roy to raise awareness of a goal shared by the U.S. and Canada: to stop bullying. Last night, we partnered with the Fondation Jasmin Roy for a screening of the award-winning documentary BULLY at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts with director Lee Hirsch. About 120 representatives from local school boards, NGO’s, and the arts and business communities attended the screening.
Before the film, the parents of Dean Meloche, a young boy from Gatineau with a love of learning and for his family, shared how their son was a victim of bullying six years ago, and committed suicide at age 12. In the film, several American families, whose children have committed suicide after being bullied, also share their stories. The film also profiles victims of bullying and how they cope in the face of endless intimidation. Director Lee Hirsch led a question and answer session after the screening, and took questions on how kids, communities, schools and families respond to bullying, and his own experience in making the film.
As President Obama’s Senior Advisor, Valerie Jarrett, stated on seeing the film, “This film is a powerful call to action: We must do everything we can to work toward the day when no young person or family suffers the pain, agony, and loss caused by bullying in our schools and communities”. We in the United States are taking steps to deal with this issue. You can learn more about what we are doing, along with resources for young people, parents and educators on StopBullying.gov.
Earlier in the day, we hosted Hirsch at the Consulate for a digital video conference with audiences in at our Embassy and Consulates in Vancouver, Ottawa and Halifax, as well as a school in Vancouver.
Over 13 million American children and teens will be bullied this year, making it the most common form of violence experienced by youth in the country. BULLY brings a human scale to this startling statistic in an intimate, unflinching look at the effects of bullying on five children and their families in different parts of the United States.
Articles (in French) in Le Devoir and Le Journal de Montréal contain more information on efforts by the Fondation Jasmin Roy and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to counter bullying, as well as on Lee Hirsch’s visit to Montreal.