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Bullying documentary to air April 28

The Cartoon Network continues its conversation with kids and families about speaking up against bullying with a special presentation of "The Bully Effect" at 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 28.

Produced as part of the Cartoon Network's "Stop Bullying: Speak Up" initiative and presented commercial-free, the show is a half-hour CNN original documentary abridged for family audiences featuring additional original content, including a special introduction by Cartoon Network President/COO Stuart Snyder as well as a candid conversation with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, who hosts the documentary and is an advocate for bullying prevention. Concurrent with and immediately following both telecasts, author and bullying-prevention expert Rosalind Wiseman will host a live online chat at StopBullyingSpeakUp.com to answer questions from youth, parents and educators.

"The Bully Effect" chronicles the journey of 14-year-old Alex Libby, whose emotional life is both restored and wonderfully activated because someone spoke up in his defense against bullying. In 2011, filmmaker Lee Hirsch embedded himself in schools across America and captured footage so raw and eye-opening, it sounded alarm bells and helped create a tipping point about how critical the issue of bullying has become. Hirsch documented a then 12-year-old Alex, who was confronted with slurs, threats and beatings on the school bus nearly every day. Following supportive intervention from an adult on his behalf, today he has become an anti-bullying advocate with appearances on national television and a visit to the White House.

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