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Anderson Cooper airs bullying special

Anderson Cooper will take a look at what's

Anderson Cooper will take a look at what's happened to the characters in the documentary "Bully" when he airs "The Bully Effect: An Anderson Cooper Special" at 10 p.m. Feb. 28, 2013. It re-airs at 8 p.m. March 3 and 9, 2013. (Credit: CNN)

Anderson Cooper will take a look at what's happened to the characters in the documentary "Bully" when he airs “The Bully Effect: An Anderson Cooper Special”  at 10 p.m. Feb. 28. It re-airs at 8 p.m. March 3 and 9.

"Bullying can have devastating consequences for children, parents and educators, and I’m very proud of our continuing work to focus attention on it,” said Cooper in a press release. “Families, schools, and organizations across the country are wrestling with how best to address the often complex issues surrounding bullying, and we want to do all we can to help them in those efforts,” he added.

During the show, Cooper will interview three characters from Lee Hirsch’s documentary “Bully”: Alex Libby, Kelby Johnson and Kirk Smalley. Alex, a 12-year-old in Sioux City, Iowa, who was bullied on the school bus, has appeared on national television and has visited the White House. Johnson, a 19-year-old who came out as a lesbian in middle school, helps raise awareness about bullying and its role in suicides of LGBT youth. Smalley, whose son Ty committed suicide, follows a calling to help.


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Filmmaker Hirsch has formed The Bully Project, with a goal of getting 1 million students to see “Bully” at school, and he’s helped create an anti-bullying curriculum based on the film.  Cooper talks to him as well about how the effort is proceeding.

Viewers can join the Twitter campaign to promote bullying awareness by including the hashtag #bullyeffect in their tweets. Additional content related to cyber bullying, advice to parents, as well as exploring the culture of bullying can be found online at CNN.com/health.

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