With the recent rash of suicides by gay youth who were harrassed, Equality Cincinnati is sponsoring a screening of the documentary, Bullied: A Student, A School and a Case That Made History, at the Esquire Theatre. After the film, a panel discussion will be held.
The film examines the case of Jamie Nabozny, who as a teen-ager in Wisconsin in the 1990s, was tormented by his fellow middle school and high school students. The bullying included beatings, a mock rape and being urinated upon. Nabozny attempted suicide several times, and eventually dropped out of school and ran away.
Years later, Nabozny and his parents sued the school district in federal court, alleging it knew of the abuse and should've protected him from the assaults. The court ruled in Nabozny's favor, concluding all young people are entitled to a safe educational experience, regardless of sexual orientation.
The 30-minute documentary was produced by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Equality Cincinnati's screening will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Esquire, 320 Ludlow Ave. in the Gaslight District.
Because seating is limited, reservations are required. RSVP to EqualityCincinnati.org or call 513-807-7866. The event is free although donations are appreciated.
Schools and other organizations that wish to host their own screenings of the film may order a free DVD copy and a study kit here.