Bully

Friday, December 09 th, 2016 at 00:12 am 

Bully

JOY REVIEW

Bully is an interesting documentary that’s apparently been rated such that kids can’t see it, which is making a lot of people unhappy, because the deal is that kids are really the target audience. It follows three kids and two sets of parents. The two sets of parents have both lost kids from what they view as bullying. So the deal is here that it’s an important topic, although my particular perspective is that you’re not going to get any place trying to get bullies to stop bullying. What you get is empowering kids, but not stopping bullying. The kid I liked the best was the one who said I used to be bullied, and then I just stood up, I just exploded one day, and now they leave me alone. I think that bullies to a certain extent pick on kids that they think will not fight back, so if a kid fights back, there’s less likely to be bullying. The thing that was the most alarming about this is probably the adults, not the kids. One of the moms says ‘my kid is kind of creepy and is never going to fit in,’ and I’m thinking, Jeez Louise. One of the teachers sort of says well, you and your bully are just alike, you’re both so stubborn. The bully apologized, and the kid said he just pretended, and I’m thinking, you guys don’t get it. However, I do think it’s an important topic. What I liked best was, as I said, the one kid who sort of decided to fight back, not with a gun, but just sort of exploding on somebody, and everybody stopped bothering him. The most heartbreaking is the kid who says I’m not sure I feel anything anymore, and that the only friends I have are people that pick on me. But the part I liked best was the end part, where one of the parents says look, all you have to do is stand up. I think that there should be 800 numbers where people can call and report bullying anonymously, because I don’t think you’ll stop bullying, but you can at least stop kids from being victimized. I thought it was at least worth kids seeing, and I think it’s an important subject. So I would give it three and a half stars.

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