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January 11, 2012ROSWELL, Ga. – Most of us can remember as a child being bullied at sometime or another. Those humiliations are not the experiences we like to relive from our childhood.
Yet, it is the nature of children to pick on the "weaker" ones, and for many youngsters, those memories of bullying are the majority of their childhood experiences. It doesn't have to be that way. Local teachers Michael Buchanan and Diane Lang wrote a book, "The Fat Boy Chronicles," to show how emotionally painful and humiliating it can be for youngsters who don't fit in.
Now, "The Fat Boy Chronicles" is a movie and the YMCA and others are sponsoring a free showing of the film at the Studio Grill, 2880 Holcomb Bridge Road, on Monday, Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 16 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Two screens have been reserved.
The event is open to all middle school, high school and college students and parents. Tickets are free and include popcorn and a drink. A small group discussion will follow the movie. Book authors and actors will be present to participate in the discussion.
Wesley Bender, director of Teen Initiatives at the Ed Isakson/Alpharetta YMCA, said the goal of the screening of the movie for students with their parents is to build awareness around the issue of bullying and to motivate people to do something about it.
"The idea is for teenagers and their parents to see the movie together, and hopefully, initiate a dialogue about it," Bender said.
After the movie, volunteers will facilitate small discussion groups lasting about 20 minutes just to get the ball rolling.
"The Fat Boy Chronicles" reveals the emotionally painful world that obese and bullied teens experience in the face of a thin-obsessed society. At age 14, Jimmy is 5'5" tall and weighs 187 pounds. The cruel taunts of his classmates make going to school or playing sports a humiliating experience. Learn more about the movie at www.thefatboychronicles.com.
To attend, RSVP by Jan. 13 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Managing Editor, Appen Newspapers Inc.