Bexley News

Drexel Theatre to screen movie, host forum on bullying

“Bully,” the controversial new film from Sundance and Emmy Award-winning director Lee Hirsch that explores the national epidemic of bullying through the eyes of young people affected by the often unspoken and violent practice, will open at the Drexel on Friday, April 13.

On Tuesday, April 24, following the 7 p.m. screening, the Drexel Theatre will hold a moderated audience talk-back on bullying in today’s society with a panel of local child experts. Panel members include Dr. John Campo, chair of psychiatry at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and chief of child and adolescent psychiatry at Nationwide Children’s Hospital; Yvette McGee Brown, justice of the Ohio Supreme Court and founder of the Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital; Mark Real, founding president of and former chair of Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman’s education advisory committee; Susan Steinman, child therapist and founder of Bexley Operation Respect; and Harley Williams, principal of Bexley High School and Middle School. The panel members will be joined by Columbus-area students who will share their own stories of bullying.

“The Drexel is proud to serve the community by assembling this distinguished panel to discuss one of the gravest issues confronting our schools and the children we love,” said Friends of the Drexel board chairman Richard Stoff.

Tickets are $9 ($7.50 for students, $7 for Drexel members and seniors) and include admission to the film and the postscreening forum. Tickets can be purchased by phone at (614) 231-1050, at, or at the Drexel Theatre box office (2254 E. Main St.) in advance or the night of the event. Space is limited, so advance ticket purchases are encouraged.

The Drexel Theatre is offering special screenings of “Bully” at discounted rates for schools and youth organizations. To schedule a “Bully” screening or purchase group discount tickets, call (614) 446-1614 or send an email to