June 27, 2016

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Brunswick school officials hope a play will spur bullying discussion

BRUNSWICK — The community is invited Thursday night to take a look inside the often secret world of bullying.

Brunswick Schools is hosting a play, “I Have a Secret,” produced by Chesterland-based Diversity Initiative and followed by a panel discussion.

Assistant Superintendent Joelle Magyar said school administrators saw the play over the summer and knew students and parents had to see it, too.

“Literally, so many of us were sitting in the audience with tears,” Magyar said.

High school actors will perform “I Have a Secret,” which is composed of bullying scenarios and the thought processes of the students involved.

“In school districts, we don’t always know who is being bullied because kids are typically afraid to talk about it,” Magyar said.

She said the play is aimed at starting those discussions at school and at home.

“We really encourage kids to attend the play with their parents just because of the dialog it could create,” Magyar said.

When it comes to dealing with bullying, she said, Brunswick’s attitude is to try to stay ahead of the game by educating students and teachers how to deal with harassment.

The panel will include Medina County Juvenile Court magistrate Susana Lewis, Brunswick Police Chief Carl DeForest and Sarah J. Moore from the law offices of Roetzel and Andress.

Magyar said the law-enforcement focus on the panel is designed to provide another perspective and will address court cases and laws involving bullying.

Another focus of the discussion, Magyar said, will be cyber-bullying.

“Many of the issues we do face typically have roots in some sort of social media,” she said, adding “it carries into school.”

Contact Jennifer Pignolet at (330) 721-4063 or jpignolet@medina-gazette.com.

The event is free and open to the public.
It’s scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Brunswick High School, 3581 Center Road.