We often see bullying in movies or even in real life. Some people get the kicks out of it thinking they are just having fun. We may have done bullying ourselves, or were a victim of it, or both. However, it is not as harmless as we think it is! You are in for a shock if I tell you of a story of 2 teenagers that committed suicide because they were unavailable to cope up as victims of bullying. The movie “Bully” is a documentary about the alarming rise in bullying in America and focuses on the story of Tyler Long and Ty Smalley, both of which tragically ended their own lives in suicide to escape their tormentors.
Bully Film Trailer
Here is the press release from Solar Entertainment about the movie and the campaign:
“Bully” film to launch anti-bullying campaign
The Jesuit Basic Education Commission (JBEC), in cooperation with Solar Entertainment, is bringing the acclaimed documentary “Bully” to the Philippines. The film, directed by Lee Hirsch, will have a limited theatrical run in November, after the by-invitation premiere on November 13, 6:30 PM, at Robinson’s Galleria Cinema 4.
The film focuses on the alarming rise in bullying faced by teenage students in America. It chronicles the experiences of victims in high schools in Georgia, Iowa, Texas, Mississippi, and Oklahoma, focusing on the cases of Tyler Long and Ty Smalley, both of which tragically ended in suicide.
JBEC will use this powerful documentary to launch the anti-bullying campaign, “Not in Our School,” endorsed by the popular sportsman, Chris Tiu. The advocacy is aligned with the DepEd’s Child Protection Policy which seeks to defend the student from any form of abuse, including bullying. In light of recent local and international headlines about bullying, this film can be a timely wake-up call for all involved: parents, teachers, administrators, and especially students.
In addition to its theatrical screening, JBEC is offering several Saturday block screenings in Robinson’s Galleria for schools who want to show the film exclusively for their community. In addition, schools can also sponsor campus screenings for a minimal fee. To enhance its use as a formative tool, JBEC will provide teachers and parents with a discussion guide to facilitate processing of the complex message of the movie. Interested schools may contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for bookings.
Fr. Johnny Go, SJ, JBEC chair, hopes this campaign will lead schools to adopt a pro-active stance against bullying, with each stakeholder committing and contributing to a nurturing and bully-free school environment that is the right of every student. “We hope this movie can reach as wide an audience as possible, especially among our students,” he says. “At the very least, it should heighten awareness of this issue and begin productive discussions and reflections about a real problem that can no longer be ignored.”
The “Bully” hits theaters starting November 14. It is rated PG-13 by the MTRCB.
The “Not in Our School” Anti-Bullying Campaign
1) I WILL NOT BE A BULLY
Sometimes we bully people without knowing it. So what are the different forms of bullying? In essence, bullying means using words and actions to hurt or shame others, usually involving an abuse of power (physical, psychological, social, etc.), and including non-action (isolation, ignoring, etc.)
2) I WILL HELP THE BULLIED
What are the different ways a bystander can help the victim? Confronting or stopping the bully is only one. Are there other ways? E.g., defending the victim, convincing the bully to stop, privately expressing sympathy for the victim, etc.
3) I WILL SPEAK UP ABOUT BULLYING
To report bullying, to get help for the victim if we can’t defend the victim, to testify if needed, to share stories and reflect on consequences, to make bullying un-cool.
|Downloadable Printable PDF Pledge Form|
If you are a student and want to make a pledge, you can download the printable form.
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Credits: Photos and Press Release from Solar Entertainment Corporation. Banner from the Facebook Page of the Bully Project Philippines.