ETC’s, “Lunch Money” Tackles Bullying in Schools

Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga presents an original work featuring young people struggling with school bullying.    Why does it happen?    Who does it affect?    What if anything can be done about it?

From the ETC press realease:

One of the hottest topics has been the idea of bullying in our schools. A cast of 8 explores the issues that surround school bullying, its immediate and long term effects, and the people who it affects beyond the bully and the bullied. ETC employed a method of ensemble creation, where the cast was  integral in crafting and creating the storyline from research, statistics, and surveys. Join ETC as we delve into this investigative theatre piece.

Directed by Garry Lee Posey.
Featuring: Christopher Cooper, Jamie McIntosh, Ellen Poole, Jenna Reschenthaler, Morgan Robbins, Jeremy Wilkins, Eric “Red” Wyatt and
Makenzie Young.September 9 – 25

Fridays    7:30
Saturdays   2:00
Sundays   6:30

Photo credit: Virginia McNees

New Jersey just passed a new, tough anti-bullying law.     This came about after a college student killed himself after a video  taken of him having a sexual affair with another man was posted on the internet.    Diane Sawyer covered this story for ABC News linked here.    The video includes an interview with Dan Savage who is compelled to say to gay teens, “It gets better.”

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Bullying statistics 2010:

New bullying statistics for 2010 revealed about one in seven students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade is either a bully or has been a victim of bullying. Sometimes a teen or child who has been bullied eventually becomes the bully as a way to retaliate. In fact, revenge for bullying is one of the strongest motivations for school shootings, according to recent bullying statistics. A reported 61 percent of students said they believe students shoot others at school because they have been victims of physical violence at home or at school. This is a true indicator that bullying can occur in all forms by other students, children, teens as well as adults. According to various bullying studies, many teens and children act out violently on their peers through acts of bullying because they are abused at home.

"Lunch Money"-ETC

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

Listen to the story with “Lunch Money” cast and Director Garry Posey:


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