Free Streaming of Chasnoff’s “Lets Get Real” part of “No-Name Calling Week”
January 23, 2013 Leave a comment
In an effort to help curb school bullying thousands of students, parents and educators across the country are participating GLSEN’s No Name Calling Week this week.
Filmmaker Debra Chasnoff, whose It’s Elementary—Talking About Gay Issues in School documentary set off a firestorm in Idaho close fourteen years ago, is offering free streaming of her company’s award winning film Lets Get Real as part of the week’s activities.
According to a press release,”No Name-Calling Week was founded in 2004 by GLSEN and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing with more than 50 participating organizations supporting the week-long event.”
“The project seeks to focus national attention on the problem of name-calling in schools, and to provide students and educators with the tools and inspiration to launch an ongoing dialogue about ways to eliminate name-calling in their communities,” says a website devoted to the week.
“In honor of No Name-Calling Week, House Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) will introduce a congressional resolution during the week to commemorate the wide range of educational activities taking place in schools across the country aimed at ending name-calling, bullying and harassment of all kinds. Ros-Lehtinen is also a co-sponsor of the Safe Schools Improvement Act.”
As for the film, according GroundSpark’s website,”Let’s Get Real gives young people the chance to tell their stories in their own words–and the results are heartbreaking, shocking, inspiring and poignant. Unlike the vast majority of films made for schools about the issue, Let’s Get Real doesn’t sugarcoat the truth or feature adults lecturing kids about what to do when “bad” kids pick on them.”
Currently, Idaho has the fourth highest suicide rate in the nation. Studies have shown that those who have been bullied and or harassed at school can be affected by the actions well into their adult years.
According to 2012’s Idaho Youth Risk Behavior Survey, out of 1,702 students in 48 public high schools in Idaho, 22.8 percent report being bullied or harassed on school property within the last year.
The Center for Preventing Hate released a disturbing report in 2011 regarding bullying and harassment among Pocatello’s high school students. The report found, among other things, common slurs like “whore” and “fag” along with more extreme ones like “ni–er” and “c-nt” are reportedly used daily. (Read more on that HERE.)
Watch the Film’s trailer below: