This coming Wednesday, March 27, the Department of Teacher Education at Sierra Nevada College is proud to host the screening of Bully (2011), the award-winning documentary about the very real and troubling bullying epidemic that, according to the film’s website, 13 million young people face regularly in schools and online. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, over one in four young people, from ages 12 to 18, report being bullied during the school year, and according to a 2012 survey conducted by Dosomething.org, “More than 80% of high school students in the U.S. report they witness bullying at least once a week” (link).
Bully takes us behind these statistics and documents the struggles of several kids and families that have been the victims of bullying, painfully exposing both the brutality and isolation of those bullied as well as the negligence of those who have the power to do something about it.
For example, the film profiles a 14-year-old teenager from Mississippi who is jailed and charged with 22 felony counts after pulling a gun on her tormentors, a 12-year-old boy from Iowa who is regularly humiliated and abused on his bus commute to school, a 16-year-old lesbian student from Oklahoma that is viciously persecuted by both her peers and teachers, and two boys, ages 17 and 12, who tragically commit suicide because of the abuse they endured.
Bully has received considerable praise from top film critics. Rex Reed of the New York Observer writes, “Lee Hirsch is certainly one who is making a difference. I endorse him and his brave, powerful movie and urge you to see it for yourself. You might leave Bully with rage, but you will not leave Bully with indifference”, and Richard Corliss of Time writes that it is “a documentary as vivid as any horror film, as heartbreaking as any Oscar-worthy drama”. This film will likely educate you, enrage you, and hopefully motivate you (and those around you) to confront bullying and defend those who are its victims.
Time: Wednesday, March 27, 7-9pm
Location: TCES 139/141
Watch the trailer here: