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Finding Kind movie coming to MHS

Anti-bullying effort continues with film, discussion

October 2, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

Those who missed the documentary screening of "Finding Kind" will have a second opportunity to view the powerful film on bullying.

Marshalltown High School will host a screening of the film at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at the MHS/Community Auditorium. It will be followed by a panel discussion on bullying and is part of the local Not In Our Town anti-bullying campaign. The event is free and open to the public.

The documentary follows two girls who travel across the country and interview hundreds of girls and woman about their experiences with bullying while also searching for acts of kindness.

"This is an important film because it talks very candidly about the abuses that girls inflict upon each other and the lasting effects of that," said Laurie RInk, a teacher at MHS and one of the staff leaders of the NIOT project. "This is a film that is an attempt to make girls think before they say things and do things to hurt each other."

The panelists for the discussion are still being lined up, but they are expected to include experts on dealing with youth and bullying. Two panelists who have confirmed attendance will be MHS counselor Meri Edel and David Hicks, director of Youth and Shelter Services of Marshall County.

Hicks was a panelist following the Sept. 13 showing of "Finding Kind" at the Orpheum Theater.

Fact Box

If you go ...

WHAT: Film "Finding Kind" and panel discussion

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8

WHERE: MHS/Community Auditorium

"The movie was really powerful through the personal accounts of the girls and the obvious pain in uncovered," Hicks said.



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