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Brought back memories from 40 years ago,
This review is from: Bully (DVD)
I was the classic bullied child- wore think glasses, was nerdy, was the last person picked in PE, and had trouble making friends. This documentary brought back powerful memories of elementary and junior high school nearly 40 years later. The bullying scenes on the school bus were particularly "nostalgic". My mom still likes to tell the story of the time I gave a kid a bloody nose on the school bus after I had had enough and how I was worried that "I would go to jail" My thought is nothing has really changed in 40 years, like other social problems it is just receiving more attention. And the responses of school personnel, especially the blonde woman principal haven't changed in 40 years and border on ignorant, especially the scene where she makes two boys shake hands. My elementary principal did the same thing 40 years ago! Like that is really going to solve the problem? Even all these years later (I am in my early 50's and married) watching this made me feel that I was "not alone." On a positive note at least now there are more resources to help bullied children and there is an "awareness" of the problem. But I was thinking that in the early and mid 1970's I never had to deal with "cyber bullying," In my case, the bullying began to subside in my junior year of high school and as such, my first positive social situations (such as the first girl who liked me-early in my senior year- even though she was probably less "popular" than me) that much more sweet.
More needs to be done to educate school administrators, teachers, parents and students that bullying is not acceptable, how to encourage bullied children and their families to come forward and that its not the bullied child"s fault.