'Bully' opens at poignant time in Rochester

The timing of Friday's opening of the documentary "Bully" in Rochester couldn't have been more poignant. Parents and authorities said that harassment and bullying were likely factors in the suicides of two local teenagers in the past two weeks.
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The timing of Friday's opening of the documentary "Bully" in Rochester couldn't have been more poignant. Parents and authorities said that harassment and bullying were likely factors in the suicides of two local teenagers in the past two weeks.

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