“Kids can be so cruel” is not a new or uncommon phrase which, unfortunately, is a sad reality. Growing up, I had family members and friends who were picked on in school, and I was not immune myself. Being a kid or teen is not easy. At a point in life where our youth are discovering who they are as individuals, it is sad to think about bullies squandering the search for individuality in tormenting the “weaker” targets.
The documentary Bully opens this week in select theaters in New York and Los Angeles. From the synopsis, “The Bully Project follows five kids and families over the course of a school year. Stories include two families who have lost children to suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14-year-old daughter who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus. With an intimate glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias and principals offices, the film offers insight into the often cruel world of the lives of bullied children. As teachers, administrators, kids and parents struggle to find answers, The Bully Project examines the dire consequences of bullying through the testimony of strong and courageous youth. Through the power of their stories, the film aims to be a catalyst for change in the way we deal with bullying as parents, teachers, children and society as a whole.”
Treat Others As You Want To Be Treated
You cannot know what a person is able to handle when they feel pushed. As adults, siblings, and as people in general, we need to be the example for the upcoming generations.
Interested in seeing the film? Due to the limited release, those of us in the Lehigh Valley will have to wait until local theaters get the film. To try and speed up this process, you can Demand It at http://www.eventful.com.