Last night I watched and tweeted about the Bully Movie. It was really good to watch in preparation for my presentation on bullying in my human growth and development class. The reason I tweeted on it was to put my observations, questions, and quotes from the film into a forum where I’m hoping to get some engagement about. So if you’re on Twitter feel free to comment back at me. In my review I will present you with some questions, observations, and a short application of what I learned.
Here are some questions:
Are kids safe at school? On the bus? Is school culture full of violence?
How many kids do you know are bullied because of their sexuality?
Verbal warnings? Kick the bullies out of school? What is the solution that changes the perpetrators and protects victims?
How would a better understanding of the theology of adoption and being a part of the family of Christ help us to prevent bullying and give others hope?
Here are some observations:
There seemed to be a disconnect between the school authorities and students, students and students, and parents and students. School authorities that the film showed didn’t seem to be as concerned about the bullying and tried to downplay it, even when parents showed up to complain about it. The disconnect between students was largely played out in watching Alex- who didn’t understand what bullying or friendship was (partly because he never had any real friends). Then, through all the tragic stories it seemed to me like it should be important to stress the connections that families have by expressing emotions openly and communicating with one another.
As it was stressed in this documentary, “Everything Starts With One.” As Christians I am convinced we must be a voice for those who aren’t heard, help with programs that provide redemptive solutions for the bully and the victim, and develop strong relationships of trust with students and your own kids (if and when you have them) so that they will run to you in times of trouble. As in everything, prayer for our schools and students is also a huge need! If you know of kids hurting, give them a safe place to process, and make authority figures aware!
Also- see the Bully Movie! I got it at Redbox…check it out!