Around this time last year, I rattled off a blog about Cyber Bullying. Today, I have positive news about the outrage around bullying becoming louder. So many amazing people are working hard together to end bullying by changing laws and implementing change. The Weinstein Company’s latest film “Bully” is a movement that my company is proud to partake in. The heart wrenching stories told by very brave individuals are filmed in a manner that anyone can understand. It is 2012. It is not Julius Caesar’s reign. The reality that a small, spotty, puny child can be beaten to a pulp in the shadows of school halls, and the bully has no real legal fear for their actions is absolutely unbelievable. This is happening all across America. Bullying lies in a legal grey area, devoid of any real consequences for the perpetrator. It is hard for these crimes to be called Hate Crime unless the victim is of color, gay or very religious, (I am sure there are other descriptors but I am purposely not searching Google for all the terms).
The other thing that I find outrageous is that people appear to be taking the following line in the Bible literally, “do not interfere with your neighbors lives” –what??? Some people who witness bullying choose to not interfere. This drives me to the point that it is equally as important to report the bully, as it is to wake up the child/teenager/teacher/parent who walks right by the incident. How could anyone do that? Perhaps I am a terrible person as I readily recall “fighting” the bullies starting when I was as young as seven. If they threw a stone at the poor fat kid and I saw it, I would throw a boulder back at the bully. I was not in the right—two wrongs don’t make a right, but at least I had some semblance of character to say or do something when I saw the wrong.
We have to talk to our children. We have to show them that there are ways to intervene without causing more harm—report the incident to their parents who will hopefully make a report to the victim’s parents or the school. Show our children that there are actions for them to take. For a humanitarian it is the mandatory thing to do. Bullies will soon learn that they are not cool for doing what they do. Who are these sissies to pick on the much smaller kid, or the different looking kid, or the innocent dog or kitten? It needs to be shown through animation, story telling, books, songs, and film, how absolutely cowardly it is to be a bully.
Please go and see this film. It is playing now and next week all across America. Go and see it as soon as possible. Take everyone. It is important. This is a movement. Together we can change the laws. We can change behavior. We can change ourselves.
Thank you. – c