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5.0 out of 5 stars Some People Are Animals, May 12, 2013
This review is from: Bully (DVD)
I watched this documentary wondering what, if anything, can be done about bullying? Because many of the officials spoken to in this film, seemed to be at a loss about what to do.

There were certain things that weren't said in this film, that needed saying. First, I do not think many of the school officials shown, were being purposely obtuse. I don't think they don't care. I don't think the bus drivers don't care either. I think we live in a truly heinous, pop cultured society, mixed with technology, that can make a well meaning person look like the bad guy. How many times have you seen on your local news, a bus driver taken to task for trying to stop some incident on a bus? Next thing he or she knows, they're on the nightly news or Youtube, and they are not depicted as having tried to help out. They're made to look as if they roughed up one of the kids, or worse yet, touched them inappropriately. I suspect that that is just one reason why the people parents look to, to keep the peace when bullying gets out of hand, look the other way.

Secondly, while the rallies and gatherings were touching, where were all of these people when these young kids were suffering horribly? Where were they? The kids that took their lives, might have thought twice if they knew so many people had actually cared. Then again, maybe that is a lesson to be taken away from this. Step up and help out before bullying goes too far.

Alex's problems were the most heartbreaking. His parents were well meaning(or thought they were), but how would their son be expected to deal with a situation like this, without some guidance? And poor Ja'Maya. Bullied and living in Mississippi. I thought that police official was the stereotypical, backwater sheriff, or whatever he was. His lack of empathy, I thought, was truly racist. Truly. Because I had no doubt, that if Ja'Maya had been White, and on a bus with that same crowd of Black kids, going through the exact situation, he could've found a way to understand why Ja'Maya had done what she did.

What was missing from this documentary, and understandably so(they'd be stupid for showing their faces on camera), were the points of view from the parents of the bullies. Why do they think it's alright that their kids are terrorizing other children? I think one thing that would go a long way in helping, is if God forbid, one of these damned parents of these little animals, when confronted about what their child was doing, would just acknowledge that their child was wrong and make it clear to them that their behavior is unacceptable.

But that doesn't happen. The parents of these heathens come into a principal's office or confront some other public official, with both barrels blazing, acting is if their child is being framed or something.

I fear that something that was said by one of the parents, who's son committed suicide, said it best: it is going to take the child of someone 'important' or 'famous' to suffer from bullying and possibly take their own life, until something substantial is actually done about this problem.
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