160,000 young people skip school every day, and it's not to avoid a pop quiz or to watch TV.
Over 13 million teens will be bullied in the U.S. this year, causing extreme behaviors like skipping school, sinking into depression, and worse. "Bully" is an upcoming documentary directed by Lee Hirsch that adds a human face to these shocking stats.
The film follows five teens (and their families) who are tormented daily by their classmates. Tragically, two of the victims committed suicide and another served jail-time for bringing a loaded handgun on her bus.
“Bully” documents every painful, real life moment. It will be released in theaters March 30. There’s just one problem: as of now, it’s rated “R.” The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) gave the restricted rating because of the film’s language.
This is bad news because it means “Bully” can’t be shown in schools/classrooms. Bullying is a huge issue and the movie is relatable to teens worldwide. The latest incidence of bullying taking a tragic turn—the Ohio school shooting Monday.
A 17-year-old student from Chardon High (an alleged victim of bullying) randomly opened fire on his classmates. Three teens were killed and two remain hospitalized.
This cycle of violence can and needs to be stopped.
What can you do?