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.
Bill Beckett talks with Alexandyr Kent, Executive Director of the Robinson Film Center about the film Bully, which opens today at the Robinson. Bully is an eye-opening documentary which follows five kids and families during a school year. Two families have lost children to suicide, and one mother grapples with the future of her 14-year-old daughter who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus.