Bully is a documentary about bullying among kids which is becoming an epidemic in the American public education system. The movie follows the kids in the school bus, playground, classrooms, cafeterias, homes including principal’s offices.
It follows 5 kids and their families. Two of the five kids committed suicide, one was sent to a juvenile prison, a gay girl in a small town in Oklahoma and a kid from Sioux City, Iowa named Alex who has the appearance and demeanor that attracts bullies.
Bullies make death threats, insult and demean other kids who “look and act different” shove and push in play grounds and inside the school bus. Yet school administrators are clueless to what is happening. They would say “boys will be boys, kids will be kids”. One assistant principal breaks up a fight between two kids, let’s the bully go but reprimands the bullied kid for not accepting the bully’s apology.
Bullying sometimes is so severe that the victims will respond with violence with violence, or take their own life.
Alex from Sioux City, Iowa is being bullied because of his appearance and demeanor.
Kelby is a gay girl from a small and insular town in Oklahoma. She and her family were shunned by the town when she came out of the closet.
Tyler Long committed suicide.
Ty Smalley also committed suicide.
Ja”Meya was incarcerated in a juvenile facility for bringing a gun with her to the school bus to scare the girls that are mean and who constantly pick on her.
While the movie shows bullying, it does not address how to stop bullying. What should parents do if their kids are being bullied, how to train school administrators to deal with the problem so they don’t remain clueless.
This documentary should be seen by every kid in America.
Directed by Lee Hirsch.