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"It was hard to watch some of the very cruel bullying parts of that movie," Corser said. "It was realistic, so it invoked a lot of empathy with me and with our students."

The school would have liked to get more students to see the film, but there weren’t enough buses. Corser said they chose the youngest students because they’re "at an age where they encounter more of this problem."

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About 200 seventh-graders went to see the movie. Among them was Elisabeth Johnson, who said many students got emotional.

"It was sad to hear their stories because they were kids our age," Johnson said. "A lot of people cried."

Another seventh-grader, Joshua Christensen, said the movie was inspiring.

"It was a good movie to teach kids how to stick up to a bully and to tell others about it so they know if they do encounter a bully to get help," Christensen said.

Taylor Rubalcava, a seventh-grader, said he learned how big of an issue bullying is after seeing the film "Bully."

"I knew about bullying, but I didn’t think bullying was that big of a deal," he said. "It can be really serious [because] you don’t know what else is going on.

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