“Bully” Film: More Questions Than Answers
I don’t remember ever being bullied in school. I don’t even remember being made fun of. Not in elementary school when I was the new girl in my 4th grade class. Not when I made the switch to public middle school. Not when I made the transition to high school. There could be a few reasons why my school memories are all sunshine and puppy dogs:
- Nobody ever made fun of me. This is probably the least likely of all the possibilities.
- I was too naive to notice or care if someone was making fun of me. This is probably the most realistic of all the possibilities.
- Bullying didn’t exist then as it does now, neither in occurrences nor severity.
- Bullying didn’t have the press then as it does now.
Number 3 and 4 cause me the most turmoil. Is bullying really getting worse or has the anti-bullying movement reached such momentum that we just think it has? Is the term bullying being used to refer to situations that are really just life? Do the numbers even matter so long as it’s happening at all?
I have more questions than answered and I’m interested in seeing the movie and learning more. I don’t think it’s as simple as the pink t-shirts make it seem.
A few of the articles I read while writing this post:
Why a bullied student, a parent adn a school official opened their lives to filmmaker
Is a new-found focus on the bullying ‘epidemic” misidentifying the problem?
“Bully” gets PG-13 rating after profanity edits
Bully film could become an educational tool in Vancouver schools
Bullying: Is Your Kid Mean?
“Bully” producer responds to allegations that the doc ignored key information