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Sticks and Stones

Sticks and Stones

| 17 min

This short documentary features children aged 5 to 12 talking about their experiences with bullying and discrimination because they or their families do not fit into traditional gender and family roles. This film explores the contemporary diversity of families from kids' points of view, while featuring short animated sequences about the history of derogatory slang.

  • director
    Jan Padgett
  • producer
    George Johnson
  • script
    Jan Padgett
  • editing
    Ileana Pietrobruno
  • camera
    Moira Simpson
  • animation
    Hillary Denny
  • music
    Shari Ulrich
  • sound
    Gordon Ross
    Jeff Henschel
    Marsh Murphy
    Jennifer Lewis
  • sound editing
    Jeff Davis
    Christine McLeod
  • re-recording mixer
    Mark Hensley
  • executive producer
    Svend-Erik Eriksen


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Ages 12 to 18

Study Guide - Guide 1

Family Studies/Home Economics - Family Diversity and Challenges
Health/Personal Development - Bullying & Discrimination
Health/Personal Development - Identity

Warnings: Examples of offensive language, depictions of violence


  • Why It Happens; Wordboard
    • With your students, make a list of all the reasons that people would call someone a name that is considered offensive. Use this to discuss alternate things to do in these scenarios.
  • What We Can Do About It; Wordboard
    • With your students, make a list of all the things that people can do to stop the spread of bullying and discrimination in their own communities.
  • Anonymous Questions
    • Bullying can be a sensitive subject. Have each of your students write down an anonymous question and draw them from a hat to answer in front of the class. This gives the opportunity for students to ask questions that they may not otherwise be comfortable asking.

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