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'Fat Boy Chronicles' shows cruel world of bullying

YMCA sponsors free showing of film at Studio Grill

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January 11, 2012
ROSWELL, 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

To attend, RSVP by Jan. 13 to

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    July 16, 2012 | 01:39 PM

    This article/blog post is more evidence that bullying is a national tragedy affecting young people across America and throughout Georgia.

    We all need to take action against the source of bullying and let kids, parents, teachers, principals and politicians know that bullying is NOT okay. We all need to do something to make a difference.

    An amazing young singer-songwriter named Becca Levy is doing just that.

    She has started a music based anti bullying group called Right Now.

    Here’s a link to her video for a cover of “Right Now” by Van Halen. The purpose of the video is to promote awareness to kids using both music and the Internet. The video begins with a public service announcement and is full of statistics that people of all ages need to see.

    Becca lives in Washington, D.C. and just turned sixteen years old.

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