BULLY: A Must See Movie for Everyone #Bullying

by Sheryl Bone

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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Sheryl Bone is mom to three kids: Max age 14, Ella age 12, Clayton age 10 and Chewy, the family mutt. When she isn’t chauffeuring kids to school or sports, she is a school volunteer, literacy activist and community arts supporter. She is also an online professor of developmental education and holds leadership roles in professional education organizations and presents nationally at conferences on topics related to adult learning theory and developmental education.

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1 Karen February 13, 2013 at 6:38 am

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.

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2 Dawn February 13, 2013 at 6:52 am

Sounds like a good one to share with my 12 year old…

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3 amyc February 13, 2013 at 7:05 am

Because I know what it is like to be bullied and people need to be aware of it.

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4 Jeanna February 13, 2013 at 9:07 am

I think it’s important for every kid to watch & know about.

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5 Don February 13, 2013 at 11:30 am

It opens the eye’s of people to let them know that this goes on all the time.

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6 Daniel M February 13, 2013 at 7:22 pm

bullies can ruin the life of a child

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7 Beth - TheAngelForever February 13, 2013 at 8:51 pm

As the parent of the child who has been bullied for years, we need to get this message out. Voices must be heard and people must work together to stop this. This movie helps to do just that.

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8 TechyDad February 13, 2013 at 8:57 pm

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.)

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9 Jenny February 13, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Bullies are found every where and can ruin a life and make a person lose their confidence.

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10 barbara P February 14, 2013 at 2:23 pm

I would like to win a copy of this movie

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11 David H. February 14, 2013 at 4:29 pm

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.

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12 Garrett February 14, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Helps to open people’s eyes more to this major problem.

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13 Marc Daniel February 15, 2013 at 3:58 am

I support Stop Bullying Campaign!

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14 Steph February 15, 2013 at 8:44 am

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.

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15 Heather Hayes Panjon February 15, 2013 at 12:48 pm

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

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16 Mozi Esmes Mom February 17, 2013 at 1:50 am

It impacts all of us.

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17 Will G February 17, 2013 at 10:19 am

It helps parents to realize just how bad it can be.

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18 chelsea February 17, 2013 at 10:44 pm

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

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19 June February 18, 2013 at 9:27 am

That bulling someone else is an terrible thing to do.

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20 HappyMomC February 19, 2013 at 10:48 am

because bullying is horrible and everyone should learn to be compassionate

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21 Kimberly February 19, 2013 at 10:42 pm

Bullying isn’t taken seriously enough and awareness needs to be raised. It is a very real problem.

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22 Van February 20, 2013 at 10:49 am

To help everyone understand that bullying is NOT alright.

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23 Adrienne Gordon February 20, 2013 at 7:37 pm

because the bully epdiemic is out of control

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24 Shannon Baas February 20, 2013 at 8:06 pm

teach kids how they need to be.

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25 danielle lima February 20, 2013 at 8:48 pm

I think at some point in all of our lives we have been bullied

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26 alfredo reyes February 20, 2013 at 9:58 pm

A movie which should be shown in every classroom nationwide.

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27 Darlene Ysaguirre February 20, 2013 at 11:15 pm

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.

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28 Anastasia February 21, 2013 at 3:44 am

It shows what kids go through and gives people more insight into what it’s like and why it should be stopped :)

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29 renee walters February 21, 2013 at 6:03 am

I think it is a movie everyone should watch.

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30 Angela E. February 21, 2013 at 9:17 am

Sad to say this goes on, hopefully this movie will help us all.

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31 corrie February 21, 2013 at 9:53 am

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

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32 sandra February 21, 2013 at 12:46 pm

yes, if age appropriate

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33 Lori Hart February 21, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Bullying is such a hot button topic right now and it goes beyond the playground pushing and shoving. All kids (and parents) should see this.

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34 Jennipher H February 21, 2013 at 4:42 pm

society should be aware of the harm bullying causes, physically and emotionally.

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35 Claudia February 21, 2013 at 7:55 pm

We need to be aware of bullying , and teach our children and ourselves to be respectful to others.

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36 steve weber February 22, 2013 at 4:05 am

because people are getting bullied at schools on a daily basis.

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37 amanda roach February 22, 2013 at 6:55 am

b/c there are too many deaths caused by bullying otday.

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38 Lee February 22, 2013 at 9:10 am

People need to be more aware of bullying. We need to protect our kids.

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39 Lori D. February 22, 2013 at 11:22 am

Help everyone understand that no one should be bullied.

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40 Daily Woman (Lacey) February 22, 2013 at 12:58 pm

I think it is important because it is such a big problem in our country.

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41 Lisa Ehrman February 22, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Bullying is a widespread problem that has been experienced in my family. It has long-term effects and needs to be stopped. Most people look the other way.

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42 christal c w February 22, 2013 at 1:41 pm

I feel everyone is impacted by bullying, you do not have to be the bully or the one being bullied to affected

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43 tina reynolds February 22, 2013 at 4:11 pm

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

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44 Melissa Hartley February 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm

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.

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45 Darlene Jones-Nelson February 22, 2013 at 8:24 pm

I think Bully is a great way to show different ways of bullying to people and different way on how to deal with it.

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46 kelly nicholson February 22, 2013 at 9:28 pm

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!

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47 Brittney House February 23, 2013 at 12:13 am

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.

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48 Stephanie Larison February 23, 2013 at 12:26 am

Everyone could learn something from this movie.

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49 Beth C February 23, 2013 at 7:05 pm

people need to learn not to be mean to others

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50 sarah p February 23, 2013 at 7:19 pm

This is an important movie for anyone to see, especially those who are about to enter, or already attend school

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51 Chuck February 23, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Everyone could learn a good lesson from watching this DVD.

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52 joni February 24, 2013 at 12:21 am

I’ve been bullied when I was young and it still hurts to this day. If you can stop one bully, it’s an accomplishment.

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53 Susan Smith February 24, 2013 at 1:02 pm

People need to be more aware of bullying

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54 Angela W February 24, 2013 at 1:20 pm

It helps parents to realize just how bad it can be.

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55 diane Baum February 24, 2013 at 2:08 pm

It’s important because bullying is so hurtful

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56 aimee mcpherson February 24, 2013 at 6:46 pm

To promote awareness. So many people think that it could never happen to them!

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57 Lucy Schwartz February 25, 2013 at 1:24 am

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 .

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58 Caitlin McClure February 25, 2013 at 11:37 am

It’s eye opening to people who don’t consider bullying a real problem

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59 Erica C. February 25, 2013 at 11:59 am

It helps people see every side of the problem.

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60 Lisa February 25, 2013 at 12:33 pm

So that everyone can be educated on the impact of bullying

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61 susan smoaks February 25, 2013 at 1:03 pm

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!

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62 kathy pease February 25, 2013 at 2:40 pm

it is important because no child should have to endure bullying at school or online.

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63 Ed Nemmers February 25, 2013 at 3:10 pm

The realization that the bully is the insecure one needs to be understood, and is, with this film.

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64 Kari Flores February 25, 2013 at 4:01 pm

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

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65 Jeni Monroe February 25, 2013 at 6:25 pm

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

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66 Sadie E February 25, 2013 at 7:04 pm

no one takes victims seriously.

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67 Vikki Billings February 25, 2013 at 7:06 pm

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.

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68 Vicki D. February 25, 2013 at 7:41 pm

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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69 Earle I February 25, 2013 at 10:12 pm

You need to start teaching them the right way when they are young.

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70 Wayne Lecoy February 25, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Please Enter Me In Your Giveaway.
In Response To Your Question Of
Why do you think BULLY is an important movie for everyone?
I Think Bully Is An Important Movie Because People Need To Teach Their Children That Being A Bully To Others Is Wrong.
Thank You For Having This Giveaway!!!!!!!!!!!!

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