"Bully", the Movie by the Weinstein Group
"Bully" is a documentary released last year by the Weinstein Group at the Tribeca film festival. It's a hard-hitting documentary, showing in vivid and actual detail the distressing truth about bullying in schools.
The documentary follows five bullied children; it shows these kids being kicked, hit, punched; being thrown against lockers; it shows these kids being teased and tormented by their peers every day. Every single day.
Two of these bullied children have committed suicide. One has been arrested for carrying a weapon to school.
We live in such a violent society; children adore violence and weapons and guns. Movies and television exploit the thrill of violence over and over, right in the kids' faces. It isn't any wonder that children are being forced to accept violence as a part of life at a very early age. It also isn't any wonder, at least not to me, that the gentler children; the milder children with a genuine interest in learning, are punished and teased and picked upon unmercifully by their peers in school. And it isn't any wonder that these same kids might go to extremes to end their miseries.
I watched this trailer with mixed feelings of terrible pity for the boy and his parents; and horror at what our society has bred.
Tralier from the Film "Bully"
The movie is rated "R", so it can't be shown in schools.
That's the real kicker.
This movie, which is a critical piece for all those many millions of children being bullied and losing hope, every single day, can't be shown in schools.
I really wonder sometimes. Are the people who control these things all connected somehow? Is there some sort of universal spin doctoring going on, so that your average American person doesn't get to realize the extent or scope of the problems with schools? The problems with the media pouring blood and guts and violence into the minds of children through the conduits of movies and television and cartoons and video games?
Kids are bullied for all kinds of really stupid reasons:
- Being a black kid in a mostly white school
- Being a white kid in a mostly black school
- Being good scholastically
- Not being good at sports
- Being skinny
- Being fat
- wearing glasses
- having acne
You name it; red hair, even, can give other kids an excuse to bully the redhead.
The problem is real and widespread, and contributes to hundred of thousands of youthful deaths every year.
Child Suicide is on the Rise in the US
- Suicide and Children - HealthyPlace
The main way children kill themselves, what makes a child more likely to attempt suicide, and managing a child's suicidal thoughts and behavior.