Every 7 minutes a child is bullied on school grounds, adults intervene 4% of the time, peers intervene 11% of the time, but 85% of the time there is no intervention. 18 million children are bullied each year – that is 1 out of 4 teens. 9 out of 10 LGBT students experience harassment at school and online.
These numbers are horrifying, and as a mother, they scare the shit of me. No lie.
This is a movie that everyone needs to see. Sadly, the MPAA gave the movie an R-rating, which only prevents teens from seeing it. Katy Butler, a Michigan high school student started a petition in an effort to get the MPAA to change the rating. PLEASE consider signing the petition I’ve linked to below, because every signature counts:
BULLY: Directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, Bully is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary. At its heart are those with huge stakes in this issue whose stories each represent a different facet of America’s bullying crisis. Bully 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, Bully 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.
Watch the trailer – but I warn you – your heart will break.
For more information, please go to TheBullyProject.com.
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