Bullying is one of the largest problems in schools today. Each year millions of kids are bullied by their peers. It is a growing problem that only seems to be getting worse. Now there is a movie appropriately titled “Bully”. This movie was designed to take an up close and personal look at this growing epidemic and the lives of the children affected by it.
There are various forms of bullying:
- Verbal – which includes name calling and teasing
- Social – which includes spreading rumors, breaking up friendships, etc.
- Physical – which includes hitting, punching, etc.
- Cyberbullying – which includes using the internet, mobile phones and other forms of technology to bully someone.
With over 13 million American kids bullied every year, this documentary aims to combat this problem and bring about a better society. The goal is to educate parents, teachers, students and the community in general about how bullying affects everyone.
In 2010, 15 year old Phoebe Prince hung herself after relentless bullying by at least nine students at her school. She received endless emails, texts, Facebook messages and more taunting her. It seemed that even after death the bullying continued as some of the nine students put ugly comments on a Facebook memorial page that was started in her honor. It’s sad it ended this way as Phoebe’s family moved from Ireland to America so that there children could experience American life. A year after that move their daughter committed suicide because of the relentless bullying she went through.
This is what the documentary hopes to educate the public on and to spread awareness far and wide. Something has to change so that there are no more Phoebe’s walking around in fear every day or worse contemplating ending their life to escape a life of daily torture by other kids.
You can learn more about this amazing documentary and the world of bullying by visiting http://thebullyproject.com/.