Over 13 million kids will be bullied this year in the United States. Isn’t it time we take a stand?
A wonderful documentary titled Bully has been released today to select audiences throughout America. With any luck the film may be released in the Tampa Bay area however getting it here will take a little work.
Whats it all about?
During the 2009/2010 school season five kids and their families were impacted by bullying. Two took their lives, one did the unthinkable, and the others managed to learned to live with it. This documentary brings you a first hand account of these stories as well as an uncompromising look at the problems our kids face every day and how it is handled by all involved.
Alex, a 12 year old living in Sioux City, Iowa who has bravely faced this type of violence his whole life. Kelby a 16 year old girl living in Tuttle, Oklahoma who after making the agonizingly hard decision to come out as a lesbian has been treated like a undesirable outcast by townsfolk. JaMeya a 14 year old girl incarcerated in a Yazoo, Mississippi juvenile detention facility brought a loaded gun to school to protect herself after being taunted daily by classmates. She and her family are currently awaiting the outcome of several felony charges while those responsible for her torment move onto their next victims.
Also featured are two sets of parents dealing with the traumatic aftermath of their child’s suicide. Suicide brought on by years of torment from their peers.
Bullying has become an overlooked common problem within today’s society. In most cases the idea that kids will be kids prevail and administrators, teachers, and most parents tend to look the other way until something terrible happens. On that same note, a lot of our children see this type of behavior taking place and know it is wrong but feel powerless to do anything lest they suffer the same fate. This documentary offers help. It opens a door revealing an issue that spans all economic, geographic, and racial backgrounds and captures a growing movement of adults and youths determined to change how bullying is handled within the confines of society and make steps to end the senseless cycle of violence.
In recent weeks this film been in the news as a source of much speculation. The major issue seemed to be the rating, originally it was given an NC17 which made it unavailable for anyone under the age of 17 to see without being accompanied by and adult or guardian. Thanks to the outstanding efforts by the filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, the movie rating has been dropped completely and the film is now available to anyone who wants to see it. The problem is, there is no scheduled showing anywhere in the Tampa Bay area nor our surrounding areas.
What can you do?
Go to the Eventful Demand website and click ‘Demand it!’, or Tweet #BullyMovie or follow @bullymovie to show your support and demand a showing. This film is a Must-Get and a Must-See for Tamp Bay. Help bring it here.
To learn more check out The Bully Project.com.