‘Bully’: A film that needs no introduction


Just. This.

Words cannot even begin to describe what I felt the first time I saw this trailer. Relief, anger, overwhelming sadness, and a little bit of hope could start me off. But those are just scratching the surface of what went on in my mind during and after those two minutes of my life.

Bully, a documentary following five kids and their families over the course of a school year, gives insight into the lives of bullied children and the consequences that often follow. Directed by Lee Hirsch, a Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker,Bully”opens a window onto the pained and often endangered lives of bullied kids, revealing a problem that transcends geographical, racial, ethnic and economic borders.”

There are so many reasons as to why I love this documentary without even seeing it yet. As hard as society might attempt to turn a blind eye towards bullying, it’s no secret how serious of an issue this is. And I’m so happy that someone, finally, is taking a stand.

I don’t care if a person is being bullied because he or she is fat, skinny, straight, gay, black, white or a purple elephant. We, as simple people, should be able to look at one another and see that driving someone to lengths where he or she doesn’t want to go to school because they don’t feel safe is not okay. And what if that person tries to harm his or herself. Or, heaven forbid, if they actually try to take their own life.

Take it from someone who knows, this problem needs to stop. I encourage everyone to at least watch this trailer. Really look at what is being told by these children and their families.

I commend the courage that the people featured inBullyare showing. I commend Lee Hirsch for bringing their stories to life. And I commend everyone who embraces this documentary for taking the first step and becoming aware of the serious issue at hand.

I look forward to March 30, and I hope Bully comes to a theater near me.


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