Documentary ‘Bully’ should be shown in classrooms across America

By Brittany Carragher

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It disappoints me that most teenagers would waste their money on movies like, ‘The Hunger Games’ or ‘The Lucky One,‘ rather than watch an inspirational documentary. The Coolidge Corner Theatre is screening the documentary, ‘Bully,’ a film with an impressionable anti bullying message. The emotionally driven film was directed by Lee Hirsch.

The storyline of ‘Bully’ is provided by IMDb:

“This year, over 13 million American kids will be bullied at school, making it the most common form of violence young people in this country experience. Following five kids and families over the course of a school year, the film confronts bulling’s most tragic outcomes, including the stories of two families who’ve lost children to suicide. ‘Bully’ is the first feature documentary film to show how we’ve all been affected by bullying, whether we’ve been victims, perpetrators or stood silent witness.” 

Within the first five minutes of ‘Bully’ I was in tears. I continued to cry throughout the intimate footage of Alex Libby, a withdrawn 12-year-old in Iowa, getting stabbed and choked on his school bus. The anti bullying message is a positive one to render these days, as more young people committee suicide after being victimized.

I believe that many people would benefit from watching the film, specifically, middle school aged students, teachers, and parents. The documentary ‘Bully’ should be shown in classrooms across America.

The film portrays a focused outrage towards the teachers, parents, and principles that did not take action against bullying. Hirsch brings awareness to the issue and the destruction, it can cause  i.e., suicide. The message is clear, bullying would be better dealt with if the authoritative figures in the schools would admit to it and do something about it.

I was disappointed with the school officials that dealt with the problem with minimum effort or did nothing at all. The kids went to trusting adults in authoritative positions in search of help, and for them to handle the problem with denial upsets me. I understand that bullying can be a he said/ she said issue but, it is a serious offense and should be dealt with as such.


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