Shreveport Opera Express' bully Leroy Davis lassos fellow opera singers who play school nerds, Cristina Bakhourm and Sarah Bauer.
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Louisiana’s anti-bullying law has been in effect for a year. Nationwide, the number of bullying accusations has not only risen in schools, but also in sports and the workplace. The Shreveport Opera Express, the outreach program of the Shreveport Opera, has lent its powerful voice to the cause.
Since 2011, the singers have presented their “Stop, Bully” operatic program in hundreds of schools across Louisiana, east Texas and south Arkansas. Shreveport Opera executive director Amanda Gouthiere said the opera singers deliver two programs a day and reach about 50,000 people each year.
Airs Sunday, September 2 at 7:00 p.m.How can students, parents and teachers fight bullying? National statistics indicate that nearly 1 in 3 students is involved in bullying. Louisiana has recently seen three high profile suicides linked to bullying at school. So, who is most at risk of being bullied? What is considered cyber bullying? And how can students, parents and teachers stand up against this aggressive behavior? A new anti-bullying state law goes into effect this coming school year, but is the statute too broad in its definition of bullying or not inclusive enough? We'll explore the answers to these questions and more on “Louisiana Public Square”. (more)