Thursday, July 26, 2012

Bully

Director: Lee Hirsch

Bully is a social documentary which examines bullying with the focus on the receivers of badgering. A series of cases is reported including Alex, 12, who is punched and ridiculed without remorse, while school administrators tell his parents that "boys will be boys." Kelby, 16, is an athlete who comes out as gay, only to face being ostracized and run down by a car. Ja'Meya, 14, is so traumatized that she takes a gun onto her school bus to scare off bullies and faces 22 felony charges, and there is more. This is confronting stuff and should be a compulsive part of high school curriculum. Man’s inhumanity to man is a sad indictment on modern society but all too true in schools around the world as witnessed in this informed documentary.

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