BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- In an effort to address and fight bullying inside and outside of schools, the Bloomfield Department of Health and Human Services has partnered with the Bloomfield Municipal Alliance Committee to screen two educational short films August 22nd at 7:00pm in the Children’s Library of the Bloomfield Public Library on 90 Broad St. Doors open at 6:30. The two short films, ‘Alone with the Darkness,’ and ‘Breaking the Silence,’ focus on the interplay of bullying and suicide or depression. Both films are directed by Frank Gigante, who in 2017 received The Hudson County seal and a recognition from Hudson County for his activism in the fight against bullying.

“Bullying affects entire communities, including the families, friends and loved ones of victims of bullying. Just because some say it has always existed doesn’t mean we can just allow it to continue. As a community, it is time we come together to address bullying and depression, and fight back,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “I would like to thank the Bloomfield Department of Health and Human Services and the Bloomfield Municipal Alliance Committee for organizing this great, informative event with several distinguished speakers.”

After the films--each under 30 minutes--are shown, a very special guest speaker will address the issue from personal experience: Jane Clementi, the mother of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi whose suicide in 2010 brought national attention to the issue of cyber bullying. The Tyler Clementi Foundation, founded in his honor to provide resources to schools and students to combat bullying, is co-sponsoring this event, along with Take Pride, Bloomfield!, Clara Maass Medical Center, and the RWJ Barnabas Health.

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“We are all in the fight to end bullying, together. As Mrs. Clementi will attest, bullying affects entire families, and can be a trigger for depression or suicide,“ said Assistant Health Officer at the Department of Health & Human Services Maya Lordo. “We are very fortunate to have Mrs. Clementi tell her story, and the films of Frank Gigante as resources and testimonials that there is a lot of work to do on this issue. I hope to see community members from all ages at our event on August 22nd, and hope people will be willing to ask questions and get involved to protect children from bullying.”

To register for the event by phone, call Maya Lordo at the Department of Health and Human Services at 973-680-4022.