BULLY: A Must See Movie for Everyone #Bullying

The film BULLY and the companion social outreach campaign, The Bully Project, are sharing the message that bullying is a widespread and serious problem that can happen anywhere.

It is not a phase children have to go through, it is not “just messing around” and it is not something kids just grow out of. Bullying can cause serious and lasting harm. Bullying hurts.  Bullying kills.  Bullying cannot be ignored.

Written and directed by Lee Hirsch, the movie BULLY addresses the topic of bullying in a very poignant way.  The Bully Project website explains the film:

BULLY is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary. At its heart are those with huge stakes in this issue whose stories each represent a different facet of America’s bullying crisis.

Filmed over the course of the 2009/2010 school year, BULLY opens a window onto the pained and often endangered lives of bullied kids, revealing a problem that transcends geographic, racial, ethnic and economic borders.

It documents the responses of teachers and administrators to aggressive behaviors that defy “kids will be kids” clichés, and it captures a growing movement among parents and youths to change how bullying is handled in schools, in communities and in society as a whole.

Bullying doesn’t look any particular way. Bullying can take many forms. A snide comment in the school hallway, a sharp elbow to the ribcage at a locker, a nasty comment meant to humiliate or a threatening stare are all examples of bullying.

Bullying involves an imbalance or perceived imbalance of power. Bullies pick on targets that appear unable to defend themselves – they intend to cause harm. Bullying is done on purpose, it is not accidental. Bullying incidents occur repeatedly; bullies wear down their victims by harassing them mercilessly.

Susan recently interviewed Katy Butler, a bullied teen who has now become an anti-bullying activist. Katy shared practical advice as to how kids, parents and teachers can help end bullying.

Bullying will affect an estimated 13 million kids in America this year. As a parent and as a human being, you can’t afford to ignore this important issue. The Bully Project has made it their mission to bring bullying out of the shadows where it lurks. By shining a light on the negativity and violence of bullying, BULLY’s goal is to foster empathy and action in schools to help adults and children alike understand what bullying is and the magnitude of its impact.

Please buy BULLY on DVD today. Share it with everyone you know.

For more information on bullying, visit stopbullying.gov,  The Bully Project, and
5 Minutes For Mom’s Anti-Bullying Resource Page.

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Comments

  1. Karen says

    As an elementary school teacher I see too much bullying. I think all kids and adults should see the movie so they may have a better understanding of the impact bullying has.

  2. says

    When I was in school, I was bullied relentlessly by kids who thought they were “just having fun.” (Long lasting emotional trauma is such fun. *rolls eyes*) My oldest son has also been a target for bullies and we were told by one school administrator that he’s “not the type to be bullied.” (We left that school immediately afterward.)

  3. David H. says

    Everyone should see this film, because it is a lesson for the bullied, as well as the bullies, and also, it teaches you that you should always be proud to be yourself, no matter what happens.

  4. Steph says

    I think it is a movie every family should watch. There is way to much bullying going on and it seems parents just do not care.

  5. Heather Hayes Panjon says

    Very Important To Know That Bulling Comes In Different Forms, Bully Will Help Confront This Terrible Issue

  6. chelsea says

    I think everyone should be aware of what bullying looks like… some people don’t realize they’re bullying and its a big problem!

  7. Darlene Ysaguirre says

    I think kids should be aware of bullying from an early age my daughter is in 1st grade and she had some one pick on her this year for a while so it happens young.

  8. corrie says

    i was bullied in high school and it is HARD. kids are so bullied now a days and they just snap. ppl need to teach their kids not to bully

  9. says

    I heard about this movie on Anderson and really want to see it. I want my kids too see it to be a good example of how they should treat others and what not to do and how it hurts people

  10. Melissa Hartley says

    I think it can teach kids important lessons on how someone feels after being bullied & it can show bullies themselves how hurtful they are to others with their words & actions.
    Thank you.

  11. kelly nicholson says

    Why do you think BULLY is an important movie for everyone?

    well if i think its good?,,dont you think sombody else might get bad ideas from it?…Hollywood is never to be taken seriously ABOUT ANYTHING!

  12. Brittney House says

    It might open some parent’s eyes as to what may be going on at the childs school and hopefully will prompt discussions about bullying with their children.

  13. Lucy Schwartz says

    We are seeing Bullying in politics. Elected officials get in office and feel that they have a mandate to do what they want. So we are seeing bullying in schools , at sports events and on the local , state and national stages. We need to see it for what it is and stop it at every level. Compassion , caring and tolerance are qualities to nurture and promote .

  14. susan smoaks says

    BULLY is an important movie for everyone because it’s something that we all deal with and need to know the right ways to deal with and try to get help for those bullied as well as the bully!

  15. Kari Flores says

    Because it is such an important and prevalent problem amongst today’s youth and if unaddressed has dire and sometimes tragic consequences .

  16. Jeni Monroe says

    It’s extremely important because it’s suchan enormous problem in our country and measures need to be taken.

  17. Vikki Billings says

    I believe that it is important for everyone to see if because bullying touches everyone in one way or another. You either are the person bullied, the friend of someone who is bullied or the person being the bully. I think watching it makes everyone realize what a problem this is today in our schools and communities.

  18. Vicki D. says

    I think it’s for everyone because at some time or another we all are victims of bullying, and we should learn how to handle it.

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