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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2014 Archives > October 2014 > Bullying Prevention

Bullying Prevention


More than 600 city students from public, private and charter high schools attend the ‘red carpet’ event at the historic North Park Theater

October 30, 2014 – In joining with other cities in the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ campaign to end bullying, Mayor Byron Brown teamed up with AT&T today to conclude October as National Bullying Prevention Month in Buffalo by hosting a screening of the 2011 award-winning film, “Bully”.  More than 600 students from public, private and charter high schools in Buffalo attended the event at the historic North Park Theater.

 “We want to send another clear message that ‘Buffalo Bulldozes Bullying’,” said Mayor Brown as he recited the city’s anti-bullying slogan, created and developed by students from the Emerson School of Hospitality in 2011 as part of Mayor Brown’s then citywide slogan contest.  “Bullying can impact a child’s achievement in school and it’s important for us to talk about how we can prevent bullying, how we can protect our children who are being bullied and how we can continue to work together to make our schools a place where children feel connected and welcome.  I’m proud to part of the Mayors’ Campaign to end bullying and thank AT&T for helping us bring this important film to our city youth.”

Mayor Brown appreciates the city’s continued partnership with AT&T, particularly on the issue of bullying.  AT&T sponsored Mayor Brown’s highly effective anti-bullying campaign in 2011.

“AT&T is proud to partner with Mayor Byron Brown on this initiative to call attention to the devastating consequences of bullying in our community and within our schools,” said Kevin Hanna, regional director, AT&T External Affairs.  “Today bullying is no longer confined to the classroom or the schoolyard, it now exists on the Internet, on social media and even on mobile devices, and AT&T is committed to providing educational resources and tools to parents to help safeguard their children from cyberbullying.   AT&T applauds the Mayor and his colleagues in the U.S. Conference of Mayors for joining The BULLY Project to wipe out bullying in our schools.”

"Bully", a 98-minute documentary, was the first feature documentary film to show how everyone is affected by bullying, whether as a victim, perpetrator or silent witness. As part of the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Bullying Prevention campaign, mayors across the nation hosted screenings of the documentary “BULLY” during the month of October.  The viewing in Buffalo marked the final ‘screening’ event of the campaign.  Mayor Brown treated students to a ‘red carpet’ experience - complete with a red carpet runner, back-drop for photos, take-home gifts and popcorn.

For information on The BULLY Project, go to