“Bully” —an anti-bully film—on PBS

Classic anti-bully film.

Over 13 million American kids will be bullied this year, making it the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the nation. Bully, directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch, brings human scale to this startling statistic, offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched five kids and their families as they cope in different ways with relentless cruelty while trying to fit in.

Filmed over the course of a single school year, Bully sheds new light on the pained and often endangered lives of bullied kids today, revealing a problem that transcends geographic, racial, ethnic, and economic borders. It documents the responses of teachers and administrators to aggressive behaviors that go beyond “kids will be kids” clichés, and captures a growing movement among parents and youths to change how bullying is handled in schools, in communities, and in society as a whole.



Highlighting the challenges faced by bullied kids, the anti-bully film shows teachers and parents addressing aggressive behaviors that defy dismissal with “kids will be kids” cliches, and captures a growing movement to change the ways to address bullying in schools.

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      Bully offers an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying affects five schoolchildren and their families. The film captures the different ways adults respond to aggressive behaviors beyond “kids will be kids” clichés, as part of a growing movement to change how bullying is handled in schools and communities.
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