(08/28/13) - With kids heading back to class, "The Bullycide Project" is ready to bring its new and improved anti-bullying theatrical production to schools across the state.
"There's nothing put on. There's nothing that's false. It's all very honest and very real," said Lori Thompson, Bullycide Project director.
The Fenton High School based play is now in its fourth year.
"We tell stories of both kids who have both lost their lives to suicide because of excessive bullying, and we also have personal stories of some of the actors," said Kevin Cubr, Bullycide Project cast member.
This year's cast features 25 actors, ranging in age from 13-50.
"The purpose for that is so that audiences can hear about the subject matter from all different age groups and how it affects all different age groups," Thompson said.
Some of the most memorable moments often come after the show ends, during a discussion session with the audience.
"We've had young people stand up and apologize to 400 students for being that bully, that oppressor within their class, and for how they may have affected others in doing so. We've had people stand up who have been bullied and are very emotional," Thompson said.
The Bullycide Project's director says that many of those stories shared revolve around Facebook and Twitter.
"There's definitely more access to be able to taunt someone or to be able to harass them through the Internet," Thompson said.
Cast members have a few reminders for students as they begin the new year.
"Just always keep an open eye out, and make sure that they always know who it is that they can go to if they are having a problem, because what you do say does matter," Cubr said.
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