I just watched Anderson Cooper on the new documentary, "Bully" -- it's a movie I won't be able to watch. I'm bawling over the clips and can't see straight. When I think what kids have to endure today, it's too much for me.
It doesn't help that my son looks just like Alex, one of the subjects of the movie. Bullying was a daily part of my childhood. I saw my handicapped brother made fun of on a daily basis. It made ME SICK to watch the clip where the child being bullied is trying to tell his assistant principal why he won't shake hands with his bully -- and more abuse is heaped on the kid by the a.p. who says he must be just like the bully then because he didn't mean the handshake.
No, he didn't mean it you dumb MORON!!! You FORCED him into it, and therefore, it wasn't something he wanted to do. You BULLIED him into it, then have the nerve to say he didn't mean it. I was seriously YELLING at my screen. Later, Anderson says the same thing.
I can't watch this movie. It kills me that people are so cruel. I will never understand it, but I will say Anderson is right. Those who do those things in school don't change. They're haters who can't get much accomplished in life because they never get past their hating.
In contrast, young Alex will grow up to be a beautiful person. I watched as he pat the girl next to him who had been bullied to offer his support, and I thought, this kid is special. I'm thrilled for his bullies to get to be seen for who they are. I want their parents in the front row to see what they've allowed and I hope it has some kind of impact on their futures.
The movie, like "The King's Speech" is rated "R" -- because guess what? Bullies in middle school use the "F" word when they're bullying. There's a petition to get the rating changed so that kids who are the target market can see the film. It should be shown in every school across America. Here's where to sign the petition:
I have a theory as to why victims are bullied further by the school's administration. They usually have little control over a bully. A victim they can mold a little easier, but the responsibility lies with them. Their is no excuse for what is going on, and for the ignorance that it's not a school issue. It's a hundred times worse than when we were young and teachers are still turning a blind eye. Turn on your freaking Facebook and figure it out teachers.
That's another thing. Facebook: Hate pages should be hate crimes. That is not freedom of speech. That is group bullying that can lead to what happened to Tyler Clementi. Stop allowing them!!!