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The Kidd Vs. BULLY

 

BULLY is a painful film to watch at times, and it’s not because Lee Hirsch’s documentary is a bad film by any means. However, it is rough to watch the constant bullying of the kids whose stories are told without feeling helpless and without feeling some sort of compassion for the torture these poor children are enduring for no other reason than they’re different from what might be considered “normal” by some. These are kids who’re simply trying to go to school to learn yet can’t, because they’re not safe the second they walk out of their own homes. They’re targets on the school bus. They’re targets in the hallways. They’re targets in the classrooms, and what’s most upsetting about BULLY is that nothing is being done to stop it. There is nothing being done to curtail the behavior or change the culture that’s long accepted it as “kids being kids.” However, to those who want to accept it as so, because it’s been that way for a long time (which doesn’t make it necessarily right), it’s not “kids being kids” when someone is pushed to the edge where they bring a gun to school to stand up for themselves or taken that further and shot up their school to exact revenge on those who’ve gotten them to that point or tragically taken their own lives, because their self-worth is non-existent due to the constant reminders that they are inferior.

BULLY follows five different stories of those who have been the victims of bullying. Two of them revolve around the families of kids – one 17 years old, the other only 11 – who committed suicide due to chronic abuse at the hands of bullies. These accounts deal more with the families’ places in the anti-bullying movement, and, while they lend some credence to the fight being publicly taken by some for school administrators to do something more, the impact here mostly comes from parents talking about the loss of their children. As a father, I cannot even begin to imagine the horror of burying your child, let alone finding them in the state of having taken their own life. Just thinking about it makes me upset. It bothers me even further as someone who has battled depression in the past and entertained thoughts of suicide in my younger days, back when I really didn’t know any better, back when I thought that my teenage years were the be-all and end-all of my existence. It bothers me to think that I could have ever done something like that or been taken to that limit by whatever I was feeling and how it would have affected my family. It’s that type of raw emotion that BULLY touches upon in watching these stories play out.

A couple of other stories deal with bullying done to females – one victimized as a result of her sexual orientation and the other it seems just because. There’s a strong support system behind each, which help show that there are people to champion those who are being treated poorly by others, but there’s a bit of weakness to these tales. The first, Kelby, is told mostly through personal accounts of her experiences, and, while it’s disgusting to hear of people treating her in such a discriminatory way, it lacks the impact of seeing the bullying taking place with your own eyes. Ja’Meya, the latter, does have some footage from a surveillance camera on the bus, of her pulling a gun on her classmates to make a stand against her bullies, but you don’t get a clear look as to what took place, outside of the audio. Therefore, it feels as if there’s an element to it missing that really gives you the full gravity of the situation.

The story of Alex though is easily the film’s strongest story. Here you have a 12 year old who’s referred to by his peers as “Fish Face,” because of his appearance. He might be a slightly odd looking boy, a little awkward… but he’s 12. Who isn’t at that age? Hirsch not only gets the most access to seeing the bullying of Alex, but he also has access to the Assistant Principal at his school in Sioux City. This presents quite the interesting portrayal of bullying from those drastically different sides, because, from Alex’s perspective, which we share with him, he’s literally beaten on a daily basis. Kids are punching him, stabbing him, threatening him, sitting on his head, doing everything they think they can get away with for the sheer purpose of picking on a weaker kid. It’s cruel to watch someone be treated like this, and it’s made even worse by the fact that he really doesn’t have any friends or anyone to stand up for him. In fact, he actually thinks those who are doing these things to him are his friends, because, without them, he wouldn’t have any connection or interaction to anyone outside of his family.

On the other side, there’s the Assistant Principal who denies that any sort of bullying problem even exists. She’s willing to force apologies between children in order to feel like she’s doing something and then turning the victim into the offender when he’s not all that pleased about making peace with the kid who was just beating the shit out of him not more than five minutes ago. She’s an ostrich with her head planted some firmly in the sand, she’s oblivious as to what is really happening amongst her students. And that’s really where BULLY gets you. We can see with our own eyes what Alex is going through, and, even with the presence of these cameras and knowing that releases clearly had to be signed allowing the likeness of these kids in school to be used, it doesn’t stop them from continuing to bully him. Even knowing their actions are being captured and documented, they still can’t help themselves. They do it anyway.

Where BULLY loses a bit of its message is that all of its stories take place in the Midwest or in the South. There’s no representation (not that they’d want any) of bullying taking place on the coasts or in major urban areas. As a result, BULLY feels a bit one-sided at times, because it becomes easy to point to these instances happening in these parts of the United States and have it feed into certain stereotypes about the types of behavior that’s considered acceptable there. “New York City and Los Angeles are far more cultured, so clearly bullying doesn’t happen there. It only takes place in these places, where the people don’t know any better.” There’s a lesbian being treated unfairly in Oklahoma…? Go figure. Bullying isn’t a problem that lives along geographical lines, and, because of this failure to show its wide reach in different parts of the country, BULLY then opens itself up to criticism that it’s bullying those areas. It may not be the case, but unnecessary weight is given to that argument by not showing bullying in a variety of places.

    

Bullying has gotten worse than what it was when I was a kid, either wrongly picking on someone else or having karma get me back in being the one picked on. Back then, it may have happened at school, but that’s also where it ended. Now, you’ve got people bombarded each other with bullying texts or emails, Facebook messages or wall posts are being left that keep it going, tweets about you continue the damage as you sit at home. There is no escape from it, and that increases the effect it’s having on people who are the victims of bullying. They can no longer choose to avoid it, because it’s begun following them. Just the other day, I happened to catch THE BREAKFAST CLUB on late at night, and, as each of them are relaying their stories about what landed them in Saturday detention, it was Andrew (Emilio Estevez) recalling his actions that really had me thinking about where the younger generation stands today in regards to things like bullying. Him taping Larry Lester’s buns together causes humiliation for some poor kid who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and too hairy to boot… and that was back in 1985. If that were to happen today, you know that someone would have whipped out their phone and recorded the whole thing before rushing home to post it on YouTube, making that degradation even worse.

It’s somewhat promising to see the younger generation fighting for more acceptance and awareness. There’s a greater sense of equality among everyone that rests with that age group than that rests with mine, which is pretty progressive on issues like racial equality, gay marriage, etc. Therefore, there is hope that their acknowledgement of this bullying problem and a drive to do something about it can achieve meaningful action to stop it. However, this is also the same generation that has taken bullying to another level, so we may be looking at a stalemate that keeps the status quo deteriorating even further over time. But BULLY, for its part, at least opens you up to the harsh reality of what is taken place between the bullies and the bullied. I think some of Hirsch’s choices for the film weaken the message he’s trying to make periodically, but, with something as strong as Alex’s story at the heart of the film, BULLY is an emotional watch that calls your attention to a problem that really needs to get better before it gets any worse.

 

-Billy Donnelly

"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"

BillyTheKidd@aintitcool.com

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  • April 12, 2012, 4:53 a.m. CST

    In before South Park.

    by Volllllume3

  • April 12, 2012, 5:20 a.m. CST

    i dont know if i can watch this

    by HASBEER_WILLCHEET

    i was bullied and abused pretty badly as a kid, its just not a part of my life i want to go back to. but yet i would feel like im ignoring the issue that bullying is still going on throughout the world. but just reading about that kid alex was fucking hard, i cant watch that happen.

  • April 12, 2012, 5:21 a.m. CST

    The Kidd vs. every movie coming out within the next 8 months.

    by Chris

  • April 12, 2012, 5:34 a.m. CST

    hellooooo is anyone there.....

    by PR Deltoid

    ...other than Billy the Dikk.........a bell tolls in the distance,...leaves rustle...silence prevails....this site is dead, it has ceased to exist, it is no more

  • April 12, 2012, 5:51 a.m. CST

    and so they should get fucking attention!!!

    by mojination

    it's just sad it takes something as serious as fucking suicide for the issue to enjoy publicity. and bullies aren't just kids with shit home lives - don't be naive. regardless of how long the issue has been around for, it doesn't make it ok. not by a fucking long shot.

  • April 12, 2012, 5:52 a.m. CST

    "Bullied" is now the catch-all excuse

    by theBigE

    My wife works in school administration. She's had to attend numerous seminars about bullying. Cases depicted in the movie "Bully" are not the norm at all. Over 90% of reported "bullying" is done by kids' friend groups - not some random big kid that takes their lunch money and knocks them down. Any kid that gets in trouble at school? "Oh, well he's been bullied at the school so now he's acting out." Usually those kids are bullies as well. Is it worse for kids today? I don't really think so, from my observation, except for the electronic internet/Facebook/twitter angle. Most students today seem much more tolerant than back in my day. I'm not discounting any of us that have felt picked on at school growing up - I've been there too. But not fitting in socially is not the same thing as being bullied.

  • April 12, 2012, 5:52 a.m. CST

    Assistant Principal not an ostrich

    by Scarecrow237

    The one thing that never seems to be covered in documentaries such as this is the likely scenario of authority figures doing nothing BECAUSE THEY AGREE WITH THE BULLIES ACTIONS. The Assistant Principal may not be an ostrich hiding from the fact of Alex being bullied, she may full well know what's going on, but does nothing because she really can't see what is wrong with beating up that funny looking kid.

  • None of the bullies from my school were bullied at home. Their own parents were afraid of these psychos. Most recent investigations have found the same. The bullies at school dominated the rest of their families to the point where even their parents feared their bully children. I hate to be the one to say this but: "It doesn't get better." The bullies grow up to be put into positions of authority where they get to be paid for bullying others.

  • April 12, 2012, 6:01 a.m. CST

    Strange, I never put up with this kind of thing.

    by TheMachinist

    Keep in mind, I am a high schooler in the Midwest. It seems rather... dramatized, which I guess is the film's point. Not wholly accurate by any means.

  • April 12, 2012, 6:03 a.m. CST

    the electronic side of it is pretty easy to avoid

    by Bouncy X

    when i see or hear the stories of people being bullied over the internet i just can't really feel too bad. whether its by email or social stuff like facebook and the like. you are in complete control of who has access to that stuff for you. people can't get your email unless you give it out and even if they somehow do, block the address once you realize what it is. bullies tend to always be the same people so quickly enough you'll block everyone whos trying. and "screening" is even easier with something like facebook. you can literally control who can see and even comment on your page. so stop adding everyone you see so you can have 1000 friends or whatever and stick to people you know well and know you can trust. and should one of them betray you or whatever, then you block them. while it wont change how terrible your days at school may be, you can at least make your time back at home more tolerable. at least this movie got its pg-13 because it was sad to see a movie with people getting sliced into pieces could be pg but one with one word of bad language was getting an R.

  • April 12, 2012, 6:03 a.m. CST

    Aint it Kidds news??

    by Obscura

    I'm all for new recruits, but this is getting silly.

  • April 12, 2012, 6:12 a.m. CST

    Yeah...give this "Kidd" your blog password, and he won

    by Bandit 37

  • April 12, 2012, 6:13 a.m. CST

    t shut up

    by Bandit 37

  • April 12, 2012, 6:13 a.m. CST

    It's not even interesting writing.

    by Bandit 37

  • April 12, 2012, 6:13 a.m. CST

    I was bullied and I know how it feels

    by cornponious

    When I was 11 I was invited to an all night birthday party at a classmate's house. Several other kids were going to be there, kids who, at some point in the past, had picked on me and bullied me a bit. I thought maybe I had broken through something and was being accepted finally. The party was hell. At one point when we were out in the front yard, a couple of boys came running up behind me and poured water all over me. They had filled two empty milk jugs without me knowing it. I quickly ran and jumped on a bicycle and raced down the road as far as I could get. When I finally came back, they were waiting for me. There were three of them that tried to fight me, one at a time. I attempted to fight, but I ended up getting creamed. I didn't know how to fight. Later that night, as I was sitting in the living room watching TV, a couple of kids ran into the room and smeared shaving cream all over my head. I stood up, threw my glasses off and put my fists up and dared any of them to do it again. Nobody did. I found my glasses and put them back on and sat back down. I was miserable though. At around 1AM I called my dad, who only lived 3 miles away. I asked him to come get me. When he got there I crawled into the truck and sat next to him. I leaned over against him and started crying. He put his arm around me and drove me home.

  • April 12, 2012, 6:36 a.m. CST

    Let's all join together to make bullying kill itself!

    by Garbageman33

    South Park FTW, as usual. And they raised a good point, to boot. If you care so much about stopping bullies, why not put your movie on the Internet for free?

  • April 12, 2012, 6:49 a.m. CST

    The Kidd

    by Johannes Kääpä

    is slowly starting to grow on me. In the beginning it felt like he was just dissing all the films he reviewed, but lately his reviews and articles seem have gotten a lot better and more mature and this is one of his best to date.

  • April 12, 2012, 7:12 a.m. CST

    I was bullied. I wouldn't be surprised if most talkbackers were.

    by V'Shael

    It never led me to consider suicide, but I was probably luckier than most. I did entertain fantasies of elaborate violent revenge, and it's probably a good thing that guns weren't available. But we live in a world where weak people get picked on, until they either shape up and get tougher, or die. Some people will get picked on all their lives, because they never toughen up. We're hairless apes, with shoes and that's about it. We suck at rational behaviour. There was a wonderful study on monkeys which demonstrated the propagative nature of bullying. I urge anyone who's interested, to look it up. Stephenson, G. R. (1967). Cultural acquisition of a specific learned response among rhesus monkeys. In: Starek, D., Schneider, R., and Kuhn, H. J. (eds.), Progress in Primatology, Stuttgart: Fischer, pp. 279-288. http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Did_the_monkey_banana_and_water_spray_experiment_ever_take_place

  • April 12, 2012, 8:07 a.m. CST

    @bouncy x: I think you missed the point of electronic bullying

    by onezeroone

    It is not that they send you those nasty messages, but they shove your head in toilet, make a video of it and then make sure everyone in the school and loads of strangers across the globe have seen it. Social networking means nastiness spreads around, real fast. A mean nick-name catches on, real fast.

  • April 12, 2012, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Bullying WILL never stop

    by Scorchy

    That doesn't mean it should be tolerated or we shouldn't try to stop it. We should do something to chronic bullies, like send their useless asses out of school and to special academies where if they step out of line, they get severely punished. I've known several students who are bullies where almost nothing happens to them. It's part of the same problem that plagues public education nowadays - major classroom disruptors are not removed. They cause trouble for everyone, yet they're tolerated, tolerated, tolerated, tolerated. It's nonsense.

  • Kids are no longer allowed to fight back. If they do, they get in trouble. Heck, sometimes they get in trouble when they are attacked, because then they're involved in an incident. It's like being arrested for getting mugged. I'm not saying let's legalize Columbines, but let's not expel a kid who bloodies a bully's nose.

  • A local teen shot himself recently, and Facebook was abuzz with how bullied the kid was, and movements were starting up and whatnot. Turns out it was probably an accident with his dad's gun.

  • April 12, 2012, 8:33 a.m. CST

    It's sort of pointless to have a doc about bullying

    by Cobb05

    This movie isn't going to change anything. Just like The Cove didn't stop people from killing and mistreating dolphins and people are still getting fat from fast food and so on and so on. It's a doc that will probably win best doc at the Oscars because it's getting a lot of attention. The problem is docs don't change anything. A bully is always going to be a bully. You can't change it. Kids are treated like babies now and they have no fear. Back in the day you could always have some kids not bullying because they were afraid of getting their ass beat when they got home for getting into trouble. Kids know their parents won't hit them, they have no respect for teachers. So they sure as hell don't have fear of anything happening to them for making fun of someone different. The biggest problem I see happening is schools will end up having a zero tolorance rule for bullying and the problem with that is some kid just making a joke about how someone looks will get suspended. To me bullying means that you are constantly harrassed, both mentally and or physically. Some kid who sees you in a pink shirt and yells faggot, isn't a bully. He's an asshole. But some kid just joking around pointing something out isn't bullying. It's life. Now if you're being hit or every day they're calling you stuff, that's someone being a bully. The problem with schools is that once you're off school grounds, they can't do shit. So you walk home and get jumped by some kids and that's your problem. Parents always want to think schools are great and nothing every happens. That "my kids would never do that." And what kills me is that most of those parents probably were assholes in high school. So to think bullying doesn't happen or will stop are ignorant. I do feel sorry for the kid in the doc. I haven't seen it yet, but if he thinks the kids who are bullying him are his friends than unfortunately he's not smart enough to avoid the kids. And once this doc comes out, he's probably going to have to move or go to another school because I would think it's only going to get worse. The only way to beat a bully is to stand up or have someone stand up and have your back, or be smart enough to avoid the bully. I use to be bullied by these two kids in junior high. I learned to avoid them and the classes I did have with them, I would take my time to get to class and that way I would get to class shortly before it started and it cut down on me having to be around them. You can say that being bullied makes you a stronger person, more sympathetic to other and a better person in general, but going through it sucks big time and feels like it'll never end.

  • Hopefully that continues after this is released. And hopefully that isn't a spoiler for those watching it and waiting to see if he offs himself.

  • April 12, 2012, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Do you remember the kid named Casey Heynes from Australia?

    by V'Shael

    Large chubby kid, he was being bullied by this aggressive little shit while one of the shits videoed it. And finally Casey snapped, picked the scrawny little runt up in the air and body slammed him to the concrete. The bully's mother won my admiration when she said her kid deserved it. Richard Gayle, the scrawny little shit, tried to claim that Casey bullied him first. But anyone who saw the video can see what a crock of shit that was.

  • April 12, 2012, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Mr. Moe - I care. And I bet I'm not the only talkbacker who does.

    by Cletus Van Damme

  • April 12, 2012, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Strength in numbers

    by freerangecelt

    is what bullies and their sort find. In school I had to deal with this issue as well, but I found is what does not kill you makes you stronger. The problem is is that society as a whole is going to hell in a handbasket, and the easiest way to tell is look at the children. In a hundred years it will nothing but gangs of ferals running loose. At this point, it's not hard to understand, but not condone, when some of these kids snap and can't take it anymore, just like soldiers in war, and do violence on others or themselves.

  • April 12, 2012, 9:05 a.m. CST

    I was bullied in school until I knocked the motherfucker out

    by alienindisguise

    Bullies understand violence and that's all most of them ever will. They don't respond to talking or faggy protests. Those things just egg them on to do it more but a broken nose or busted jaw will make them reevaluate their shit.

  • April 12, 2012, 9:07 a.m. CST

    That vid is priceless, v'shael

    by alienindisguise

    I will never get tired of seeing fuckers get what's coming to them.

  • April 12, 2012, 9:17 a.m. CST

    The kidd vs bullies

    by SFOE

    The bullies won and now he takes it out on any movie that comes out

  • April 12, 2012, 9:23 a.m. CST

    One look at the dude with glasses and the immediate thought is...

    by alienindisguise

    how is he NOT gonna be fucked with repeatedly.

  • April 12, 2012, 9:25 a.m. CST

    I have an issue

    by lecter1914

    I mean...does no one else feel like if you put a camera on a bunch of kids for a doc called bully...that those kids will indeed BULLY the person who is the target in front of the camera?

  • April 12, 2012, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Ahh...making a buck off the Media's Latest Hot Button Topic...

    by conspiracy

    Bullying..? Really? Here is a fact of life...the strong and the aggressive will always prey on the weak and the timid....it is human nature; it happens as kids, countries and companies constantly Bully, adults Bully driving on their commutes, their careers, and in their neighborhoods....there is a peaking order to life, like it or not. The only thing that has changed is the parents and what society views as acceptable responses. Today...parents want someone ELSE to take care of the problem, the powers that be want discussion on ways to solve the issue and make the Bully see the fault in his actions... ...the problem is, all this parental hand wringing, government scrutiny, and media profit making over the subject won't do anything to stop it... What will? When the Victim grows a pair and fights back...which is 180 opposite what all these films, tv shows, and counselors suggest. Want to stop getting pushed around...start doing the pushing.

  • April 12, 2012, 9:41 a.m. CST

    @conspiracy, I'm with you to a degree

    by bah

    But like I said above (or maybe it was the other review), kids are PUNISHED when they stand up for themselves. This is what I think anti-bullying legislation should stop. You can't outlaw bullying, that's ridiculous. But you can give the bullied a leg up. You also have to be careful that you don't condone pushing back to the extent of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. It's not just suicides that are driving this attention; it's also the bullied kids who snap and take out a dozen people. Yeah, kids have always been bullied. But how many mass murders in schools were there before the 1990s? Something HAS changed, and it has to be examined.

  • April 12, 2012, 9:43 a.m. CST

    People are such weak wimps today...

    by ZodNotGod

    This film is fine and all, but the real problem is that we’ve raised a generation of pussy, weak, scared kids afraid to stick up for themselves, if they do, the schools overreact and give them detentions, suspensions in fear of another Columbine. I say, if you bottle bullies up, don’t allow the victims to fight back, there will be another Columbine, another Virginia Tech… and the bullies will grow up into douchebag managers working the night shift at Denny's while committing pedophilia at home. Kids are pussies today being raised by even bigger wimps. Bullying will stop when the victims punch them hard in the mouth. I did it, 4th grade, he was in 6th, punched the kid good in the mouth, never bothered me again. Bullies are cowards at heart, they do what they do to see how far they can take it, when they find the perfect victim, the meek kid, they live for it. Not all of them come from poor or bad families, some I knew had parents who were doctors, lawyers, Heart Surgeons….it’s all in their good moral upbringing or lack thereof. All these losers telling Alex not to fight back need to die. Alex needs some Karate lessons, some self-esteem building to get the message out he’s not a punching bag for these pricks. One incident of him kicking someone’s ass and the kid is a hero for the rest of his school years. If I had a kid in the same situation I’d teach them how to fight first, everyone should know that. I’d say this, inform the teachers that so and so is bullying you, start a proverbial paper trail so it doesn’t look like two kids fighting. When the bully starts his/her garbage, "I WANT YOU TO PUNCH THEM AS HARD AS YOU CAN," hard in the mouth. Sure, you may get a suspension/detention threats, but I’ll be up there to back you up. Don’t take shit from shitheads. This isn’t about violence per say, but standing your grand from apes who refuse to accept the mission. However, when we deny ourselves of our tendencies, we lie, violence is in our DNA, we can only control it, never purge it. It will become useful eventually. The bad thing is, if these kid bullies aren’t dealt with, they grow up into douche bag Managers inflicting their glitch on everyone else and getting far more satisfaction from it. I dealt with one at my current employment and I was lucky enough to orchestrate a plan that got him fired, some people are not as fortunate. Also too, get Alex some decent glasses, some contacts if possible, he looks ok for a 12 y/o, but don’t make him into a bully magnet. Don’t give the other side any ammo just in case a doucher principal, teacher smarts off that the kid was “asking for it.” If I was Alex’s parents, I’d hound that asshole Ass Principal every day and threaten him with a crooked lawyer. Principals, as a state law, at least here in my state- as long as a child is in the custody of the school, the Principal and his Assistants are responsible for said child and if anything happens to them, they are held liable, so the parents have legal recourse for Alex’s plight. As for the social media, I don’t get that…Facebook makes it easy to block people and if people keep sending you emails, get a new address. Also, if parents would monitor kids activity on the computer, it would stop…

  • April 12, 2012, 9:45 a.m. CST

    lecter1914

    by ZodNotGod

    Good point. How authentic is this flick? Why would the bullies act like they do on camera for risk of getting in trouble? Smells kind of fishy.... Can anyone confirm?

  • April 12, 2012, 9:48 a.m. CST

    This is not bullying...FACT!!!!!...

    by Brian

    .....But You just got... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..........coxxed!!!

  • April 12, 2012, 10:05 a.m. CST

    I agree that we have raised an entire generation of pussies

    by Roane Gaddy

    When I was in school I got bullied a little bit, and the first time I came home with a bloody nose, my dad took me out in the back yard and showed me how to defend myself and throw a few punches. He told me never to fight with anyone unless you had to - ie only if the other person has already thrown a punch. Kids bully for a lot of reasons, but I think the main reason is simply insecurity. One of the guys who used to push me around and call me names in ninth grade, finally stopped when I stood up to him. I didn't hit him, I just got in his face and let him know that he was an asshole. Funny thing is is that he turned out to be an okay guy, and we even became friends for the rest of high school, and I even went on a few dates with his younger sister. As a species we tend to be aggressive, and it is a primal urge within us to assert ourselves against the weakest of our species. Does this justify bullying? No, but it demonstrates that if just stop coddling our kids and teach them how to deal with reality instead of constantly trying to protect them from it, then they ultimately will be stronger and more well adjusted. I thought the most relevant part of the South Park episode was how bullying never really stops, and if you don't learn to assert yourself at a young age, then you will be subjected to bullying your whole life. That was what my dad taught me all those years ago - not how to fight, but how to stand up for myself. As far as the hypocritical, self-righteous assholes who made this movie; Matt and Trey hit the nail on the head with this one - if you really feel that it is so important for everyone to see your movie, then put it out for free, motherfuckers!

  • April 12, 2012, 10:18 a.m. CST

    But again: kids are PUNISHED for defending themselves now

    by bah

    And these are kids who are inclined to break no rules whatsoever. In some schools, if someone attacks you, you are just as culpable, because you were involved in "a fight". (I know one guy who discussed this with a principal after his kid had been attacked and punished. He asked "So if I punch you in the face right now, you're guilty of assault?" I understand the principal backed down then). I also experienced bullying, and it also stopped when I ran at the kid after he slammed my head into a locker. I didn't even have to hit him, just went at him, showing I was ready to take him on. So I agree as far as that goes. But in trying to end all bullying, kids' hands have been tied, so they aren't allowed to stand up for themselves. Really, it's the NRA argument for gun ownership. If you know I'm unarmed, I'm a more appealing target. If I flash my Glock, you'll probably look for easier prey.

  • April 12, 2012, 10:26 a.m. CST

    bullying is the best reason for homeschooling

    by DanielnocharismaCraig

    Let's face it. Society at large is run by the most vile of sociopaths. Ever wonder why the rest of the world hates our collective guts? Because we are the bullies. America is a nation where only the strong survive and the weak are destroyed. So every time you people wave that blood soaked american flag you are indirectly supporting bullying.

  • April 12, 2012, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Saw a Screener of BULLY Last Week

    by Sluggolicious

    And agreed, the brief scene of the idiotic, brain-dead Assistant Principal turning her outrage towards a kid who gets beat up every morning because he didnt' want to shake hands with the kid bullying him was shocking. She should have had her face cracked in with a bat, then told she had to go and give her attacker a kiss on the cheek. PS - I had a brief bullying scenario in elementary school. I was about 11 or 12 and this 14 year old (who'd been held back once or twice) used to wait for me after school. I wasn't a pu$$y and had plenty of fights, but this kid was just too big for me. As typical, the school couldn't care less since it was happenign after 3 PM. After about two weeks of it, my dad asked his friend's son, who was 15, totally insane and LOVED to fight, to come to my school and wait outside. As soon as the bully approached me, this 15 year old kid, grabbed him and smacked him around like a bitch. Suffice to say, that was the last time I ever had that problem. Bullies only undertsand violence and that's how you deal with them.

  • April 12, 2012, 11:07 a.m. CST

    The Kidd Reviews Another Movie....

    by TheMovieLover

    .... and yet never says if it's good or bad. His review is that it is "emotional." Shocker.

  • April 12, 2012, 11:15 a.m. CST

    bullies

    by Paul Black

    I live in Arizona and I was bullied by a big, fat fucking mexican kid that had nothing better to do than show off in front of his friends and hell...even some of my friends. Looking back now, I don't even consider them my friends because most of them just stood there and laughed. I wasn't a scrawny kid by any means...I was at least 5'10 in high school, 170lbs...played football too and this fucking cocksucker had at least 100lbs on me. I remember entertaining fantasies of hurting this cocksucker or even worse. It was all planned out in my head but I was lucky enough to have had a brain and considered the consequences for everyone involved. Luckily I got through it and I'm a better person for it. As a parent you have to teach your kids to be kind and tolerant of each other no matter what the differences are. If you don't....this ugly cycle of bullying just lives on.

  • April 12, 2012, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Bullies understand pain and that will stop it every time.

    by Quake II

    Same with an agressive dog. That dog will bite you until you kick him in the face with a boot. Kids that get bullied should start striking back. No bully will continue picking on a victim that poses a threat (no matter how small) to cause them pain back. They willl go find an easier target. Gouge his eyes or kick the bully in his balls as hard as you can every time he starts shit and see how long it lasts. I had some neighborhood bully try to choose me as his new target when I was 12 and one swift front kick into his chest (2 years of Karate lessons) that knocked him onto the asphault (in front of several other kids) ended that shit before it even began. The dude never even made eye contact with me again.

  • April 12, 2012, 11:24 a.m. CST

    @lecter and zognot

    by chiwrtr72

    Do you really think the director told everyone what the doc was going to be about?

  • April 12, 2012, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Dylan and Eric at Columbine were NOT bullied

    by chiwrtr72

    Just another one of the media misreport that never got corrected like the idea of Trench Coat Mafia. Read Dave Cullen's Columbine for a factual account of the that incident.

  • April 12, 2012, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Give it to the kids for free if your so self righteous!!!

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    SP all the way. Think I'll go to San Diego and start jackin it. I agree with what a lot of you say. Yes there is a new generation of pussies out there. It started once the gays started to become widely excepted. Not to sound like a homophobe but the metrosexual trend and skinny jeans don't help much. We've allowed our whole culture to become prissy and weak. It's all about protecting peoples feelings. I'll admit I've had my fair share of bullies. In Junior High I went to a new school and was severely bullied. I tolerated it because I was promised that I would be transferring in a few weeks. Those 3 weeks were the most miserable I've ever been. Guess what, in High School it happned again with someone I thought was my friend but turned out to just want a little bitch to kick around. My true friends told me to stop taking it and stand up to him. So one day after lunch I confronted him. He tried to get loud in my face so I beat the shit out of him. Got suspended for a few days but man you should have seen the welcome that I got when I came back. He continued to bully other people but left me alone after that. i even heard that another kid he used to bully was inspired by my action and tried to stand up to him too. He didn't have as much success as me but that guy never bullied anyone again. Point in case it's a part of life, a part of nature. If you want to preach about evolution then you have to respect the law of survival of the fittest.

  • April 12, 2012, 11:35 a.m. CST

    I didn't know high schools still even had bullies?..ours didn't

    by kidicarus

  • April 12, 2012, 12:01 p.m. CST

    That photo of the kids on the bus...

    by Bib_Fortuna

    is one of the most beautiful photos I've seen. I know it's a capture from the movie, but it's fantastic. The lighting, the faces of the kids doing kid things.

  • April 12, 2012, 12:12 p.m. CST

    bib fortuna is a plant!!!!!

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • April 12, 2012, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Midwest and South

    by DookieMercury

    I don't get the reason as to why it had to take place on the coasts seeing that flyover country is often some of the more ignored areas of the country. Here it's flaws are in full display. Hopefully change in these areas take place but access to the film will be hard to come by unless its sold in Walmart.

  • April 12, 2012, 12:28 p.m. CST

    I dealt with this back in the 80's.

    by Alan Boxberger

    My experience generally went like this, bully picked on me repeatedly, escalating his actions over time until it turned into physical violence (choking, punching, tripping). Bring these facts up to teachers and administrators and be told to just avoid the bully. Get cornered by the bully and his friends out of any adult's eyesight. Stand up for myself and generally get the shit kicked out of me by the bully and/or his friends. At that point, a teacher would finally notice and intervene. We'd all be sent to the office. The bully(ies) and myself would all be paddled 6 times and/or given detention for fighting while on school grounds. The system was fucked then and from many things I read the faces and actions are different but the end result is the same.

  • April 12, 2012, 12:44 p.m. CST

    BIB FORTUNA - Chris Hanson would like you to have a seat over there.

    by Kathy Griffins Clownish Twat

  • April 12, 2012, 12:49 p.m. CST

    No pedo

    by Bib_Fortuna

    Yeah, after reading what I posted it does come across as creepy. But I was being sincere about the composition of that photo.

  • Luckilly I was born with some mass to my body so bully's were never really a problem for me. That and the fact I was known as "the guy who could draw pretty good". Someone should do a doc on inter-personal bullying, and how all off society pretty much falls in line with and ultimately validates animalistic behavior.

  • Weak, lemming like, by the book, parents who were themselves raised without a spanking and who never hard a hard day in their lives.And kids who are told they are "special" and whom are coddled like babies all the way into their 20s. Look at which Victims commit suicide...it is 90% of the time some upper middle class suburban white kid who has never had to face reality, and whose parents are most probably themselves weak or whom see the school and the government as some kind of proxy parent. Same with the Bullies...self entitled "Special" little brats whose parents are too involved with their Zumba class or their small business to notice their kid is a fucking prick. Even if you loose the fight in the end...nothing stops a bully faster than a kick to the nuts...next time, he/she will look for easier prey.

  • April 12, 2012, 1:06 p.m. CST

    kids who get bullied and commit suicide... who cares

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    seriously. bullying has been going on from the beginning of time (but without the use of facebook). it will never go away. bullying exists in many forms. and if you commit suicide because of bullying, so the fuck what its sad to think that kids think thats their only way out, but if theyre that stupid then the world doesnt need them. seriously. the world is overpopulated, and its purely darwinian imo

  • April 12, 2012, 1:21 p.m. CST

    As a father myself, it's my job to worry about my son

    by Jaster Mareel

    I'm worried about all kinds of things an certainly bullying is one of them. I was bullied as a kid at times because my mother was always moving us around and I was always the new kid. Just as things would start to settle down, we'd move again. Subsequently I sort of stopped bothering to make friends and just got quiet and sat in the back. In other words, the perfect target. That is until I started pummeling the shit out of my attackers. Well most of them anyway. Bullies would much rather pick on someone that is willing to be a victim and not someone who they might get a bloody lip from. As much as it pains me to do it, I suppose that is what I will have to teach my son, because that's the way the world works, at least until you're 18.

  • April 12, 2012, 1:36 p.m. CST

    wrath of fett

    by DanielnocharismaCraig

    Well, if you are going to be sticking your kid in the failed public school system, be prepared to spend alot of money training him for physical contact such as mma or boxing as public schooling is basically just glorified babysitting . Also be prepared to spend even more money for after school tutoring as our government doesn't give a damn about actually educating kids. Really when you think about it, when we were going to school, none of the teachers or school administrators really gave a damn if we got high grades or not. They just wanted you to show up so they could receive money from the Feds! This ephiphany basically came to me years after getting out of high school as it took that long to deprogram myself from the years of constant brainwashing. My advice would just be to homeschool your kid if you can swing that. I'm not too sure about private schools as I've never really researched any of those educational facilities. Anyway, thats my piece.

  • April 12, 2012, 1:44 p.m. CST

    My experience with bullies...

    by Jaster Mareel

    I would say 80% of bullies are kids from royally fucked up families. They are around abuse and alcoholism and all kinds of nasy shit. So they're pissed off inside and the only way they can think of to get that anger out, is to do what their parents have taught them, pound on someone smaller than you. These are the hardest to deal with because they are intimately familiar with pain and violence, and they don't give a fuck. They can go into blind fucking rages and get fuckin' crazy. The only way to deal with these kids is to beat their asses. you earn a kind of respect that way. If not from them, from everyone else. The other 20% are snobby rich kids. These are the best because they haven't got clue 1 how to fight and usually travel in packs of their friends. Get one alone and threaten him, he'll offer to suck your dick to keep from getting hit.

  • April 12, 2012, 1:52 p.m. CST

    @Cornponius Same thing happened to me, except..

    by Cash907

    I stood my fucking ground and went after the ring leader with the butt end of a nerf gun. We beat the ever loving shit out of each other, but two things changed the next morning: 1) That asshole became my best friend all through high school and into college, until he was killed in 2001 by a drunk driver 2) No one ever fucked with me again after that. I realized that night, though it wasn't until I was older that I was able to rationalize what I'd discovered, that kids are wigged out by weakness in other kids, and so they turn on them. I was an odd kid and I knew it, so I was always shy and awkward. After that, though, I never hid my weirdness, and instead paraded it proudly and became the class clown. What started out as a nightmare became a turning point in my life. Jr high and high school were still rough for me because ADHD hit me hard at puberty and it wasn't until my junior year that I was able to get a hold of it with mild meds and a tutor that taught me how to compensate and eventually get passed needing meds to focus, but it would have been so much worse had I not changed that night.

  • April 12, 2012, 2 p.m. CST

    The problem isn't with the kids...but the weak adults

    by ZodNotGod

    Who are afraid of and for their kids fighting. If the kid does it good just once, the bullying will stop. Violence is not the answer, taking the Bullies power away is...the only language they know is foot to crotch, fist to mouth, karate swipe to gut. I suggest that schools with this problem adopt a FREEBIE RULE- If a kid is victimized by a bully, they get a one time free pass of punching the shit out of them. Doing whatever it takes to defend themselves. The only catch is that it can be used for DEFENSE only. The victimized kid gets in no trouble, gets to file a police report and is allowed to "talk" it out with the bully. If the bully does any kind of retaliation; either personally or by proxy, he is exspelled from school. I'm sure, the pathetic Liberal parents everywhere would decry the lack of humanity and the end of civility in our society..... who are the problem considering they are mostly repsonsible for raising the wimps.

  • April 12, 2012, 2:03 p.m. CST

    cash907 - great point...

    by ZodNotGod

    Kids do recognize weakness and even though they hate it, some ignore, some seek it out to destroy it. Explains the other side why kids love Superheroes, they love strength, kick-assery and can-do attitudes.

  • April 12, 2012, 2:04 p.m. CST

    I was bullied in PRIVATE SCHOOL TOO!

    by Jaster Mareel

    I went to a catholic school from 3-6 grade and had a couple different bullies after me. The same fucking rules applied. BEAT DEY ASS! And it sounds like you went to a really shitty school because I've had MANY fantastic teachers.

  • April 12, 2012, 2:08 p.m. CST

    I jsut wish I could mentor Alex...feel sorry for the kid...

    by ZodNotGod

    Kids picking on others, adults picking on others really makes me sick. I was driving down the street the other day and saw an old man slapping the piss out his small dog. I honked at him, wanted to get out and offer him to pick on a large human for a change so I could push his face in, but was late for work....He looked like a old drunken loser.... one kick to the nuts and he'd be licking concrete. Too bad, I Love to trash talk with trash.

  • April 12, 2012, 2:08 p.m. CST

    I was bullied twice and was surprised how it ended actually.

    by BilboRing

    Both times I was bullied by guys who were bigger than me. And I'm not a little guy by any means. Once was in 7th grade. The kid just picked on me and taunted me. Eventually he tried to make me move my seat and I told him to fuck off. He asked me to repeat myself and I stood up in homeroom and told him to fuck off again and said I was not affraid of him. He just looked at me, called me a nerd and walked away. Never bothered me again. Second time I was at my part-time job during my junior year at HS. This guy would not stop fucking with me. Taunting me. Calling me names, etc. Eventually I started to scream at him and invited him outside to fight. Again, he just looked at me and said something lame and walked away. Never bothered me again. Personally I think I would have gotten my ass kicked but I was too angry to care. LOL!!! What killed me more than that however were the kids (boys and girls) who constantly called me fat and made fun of my weight. Fucked me up to this day. I look back at photos of myself back then and I was not even close to fat. And I always thought they were right and I was a tub of shit. It's hard. Kids can really suck. My three are still young and their schools have a ton of anti-bully programs and stuff like that so I hope they do not have to deal with that shit.

  • April 12, 2012, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Cash907, I had a similar experience in 7th grade

    by Jaster Mareel

    This one gorilla-guy was always fucking with me. He liked to push me into my locker as he walked by, run off with my backpack. One day he stole my gym clothes. i HATED that cock sucker. One day I had had enough and even though he was twice my size I stood up to him and I was ready to fuck his shit UP! but then I noticed soemthing odd.....he looked fucking terrified! And I didn't end up having to do anything. A teacher came over at just the right time and broke it up. I was getting to be friends with a group of kids and this guy was also friends with that group. So we met in that setting....and became best friends until I was maybe 19. He was still a cock-sucker and one of the most selfish people I've ever met in my life. But he always knew where the best parties were and he was willing to do some really crazy shit which was fun. And he was pretty funny too. But eventually the cock-suckery took over and I just wasn't interested in being around him anymore. He was and, as I found out on facebook, still is a fucking jackass.

  • I used to wish we had a Thunderdome in the gym every week so that us nerds had a chance to properly fight back in some way. No, not with deadly weapons, but padded stuff like they had on that silly show American Gladiator. If anything, I thought it fair that if you were bullied or beat up you would be allowed to pelt some jocks or preppies with that tennis ball cannon while everyone watched from the bleachers.

  • April 12, 2012, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Kids really seem to go after the tubby kids...

    by ZodNotGod

    I remember several big kids who were tormented constantly. One kid was laughed at because he smelled like piss. Another kid's ass crack was always showing so he got some guff. Kids are awful sometimes...but the key is for them to learn that it should stop at a certain point. Most kids grow out of it. By the time college comes around, laughing at someone incessantly just for looking "odd" is not all that funny anymore. A kid at 15 doing it can be explained away as a dumb kid. A 38 y/o doing it, he's a fucking immature asshole that needs to be beaten.

  • April 12, 2012, 2:20 p.m. CST

    zodnotgod, as a liberal, you can't legislate everything

    by Jaster Mareel

    Having a special set of rules for retaliation against bullies is ridiculous, not to mention hypocritical. Although the kid going up against the bully is morally in the right as any of us would attest, he is technically violating the rules. I think that's a good lesson that rules don't solve everything. I would think a conservative could appreciate that since you think all government, and therefore rules, are bullshit anyway. We all know that if you don't stand up to bullies, you will keep gettng bullied. We also know that telling the teacher about it not only doesn't do anything because it's your word against theirs, but makes everyone else hate you. SO BEAT.....DEY FUCKIN' ASS! Even if you lose you will still win because they won't bully you again.

  • April 12, 2012, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Not at all....

    by ZodNotGod

    It is NOT hypocritical, the bully is clearly in the wrong. Had he/she not bullied, there would be no need for the rule. It would hopefully shame the bully stopping the behavior. Rules do not solve everything, true, I was just mentioning a possible solution that might make it harder for a bully to operate. Sine outright fisticuffs is frowned upon in our precious society. Kick their ass seems to be the only mantra worth cheering.

  • April 12, 2012, 2:31 p.m. CST

    No One To Tell

    by The Infamous Billy The Kidd

    One of the big problems though is that these kids feel they have no recourse other than to maybe engage in physical activity back, and, these days, that might not be the best thing. Years ago, that might have been the way to stop a bully, but now, you don't know the first thing about some of these crazy fucks, and what type of retaliation they might escalate to themselves as a result of being embarrassed, shown up, etc. It's hard for a kid to come home and tell his parents that someone is picking on them. It can be humiliating, depending on how bad it's getting. Beyond that, they don't even have the option of telling those at school, because, as evidenced by so many stories, nothing is being done to stop it. At that stage of development, there only thing they might respond to is punishment -Suspensions, expulsions, etc. If you make the punishments harsh enough, they may serve as a deterrent from others engaging in similar behavior. Some little shit may consider a suspension a few days off from school, but I'd be willing to be that the sacrifice of that one may be enough to stop others who know the repercussions that'd be coming on their end if they were suspended or thrown out of school.

  • April 12, 2012, 2:41 p.m. CST

    That girl in the Funny Intelligent Tees Ad is HOT!!!

    by Joe Plumber

  • April 12, 2012, 2:44 p.m. CST

    That;s the problem, the adults who have betrayed the kids...

    by ZodNotGod

    I'd like to think my future kids would trust in me enough to come and say, "Dad, some kids are picking on me in school." I'd then get my ass down there, ask who, what why and how and tell the school how it's going to be. Either solve it or I take care of it. Empty threats on my part of course, but at least it shows I'm interested in my kids well-being and I will stand up for them no matter what, even if they try to suspend them in an act of self defense. Why would a suspension/dentention be worse than a Bully? So a kid gets that for punching the bullie's lights out, so what? Too many scare-dey cat kids on the loose.

  • -- First, start a government program that would identify victims of bullying and immediately would provide them with one free semi-automatic pistol that they would be legally allowed to carry and use, both on and off school grounds. Second, start a school poster campaign that would all feature the phrase "All Bullies are Faggots" somewhere on the image. Problem solved.

  • April 12, 2012, 2:48 p.m. CST

    -- Wait, is it "bullies" or "bully's"?

    by MooseMalloy

  • April 12, 2012, 2:55 p.m. CST

    This documentary will INCREASE bullying, not decrease it.

    by Arafel

    Kids will see this movie and then go out and do it themselves.

  • Unfortunately I have to clear that with his mother first and she couldn't fucking exist without a cell phone and facebook. She would probably wink out of fucking existance. The thing is, you can't take it away from him because he's being bullied on them because then you're punishing him for being victimized. Kids have too much goddamned independance nowadays anyway. We treat them like they are adults then are all freaked out when shit goes wrong.

  • April 12, 2012, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Hell, 10 is probably too young. 15 is better.

    by Jaster Mareel

    I can't worry about all the possible reprocussions of my boy standing up to a bully. Sure, the kid could rampage on him and things could get really bad. If that were the case, then I would definitely get involved. And by that I mean the police.

  • April 12, 2012, 3:12 p.m. CST

    @moose, your second idea isn't half bad

    by bah

    Seriously, make bullying unappealing. Not in a "Just Say No!" way; no assemblies with rap songs about not bullying. Something really harsh. Not 'faggot' maybe...

  • April 12, 2012, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Boo hoo

    by Mr. Evolved

    I was bullied as a kid and I ended up just fine. Sure it was hard, sure it made me depressed, sure I even thought about killing myself, but I'm a better person for it. The only difference between now and when I was younger is the 'every kid gets a trophy' mentality that is making kids think that no one should ever be mean to them and nothing should ever be hard.

  • April 12, 2012, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Nuke them from orbit.

    by Robert Evans

    It's the only way to be sure.

  • When I was 12 the world was just as violent, just as full of sexual predators, bullies and other nefarious people... ...and yet, without a electronic leash I rode the bus all over town, went to the mall, went to the movies, took my bike on 10 mile trips cross town and stayed out till past dark...and no harm came to me. Why? Because I was told to grow the fuck up, be street smart, use my head, and take care of myself. Because my parents had the leeway to beat my ass when I didn't listen, to tell me how to defend myself, and would not get into trouble with the State for giving me such freedoms. Today...you send a kid on a bus to see a movie by themselves and you'd be considered a horrible parent and the State would be sending Child services to investigate. the last 20 years we have raised nothing but ignorant, snivelling, entitled and spoiled little brats who can't think for themselves and who have been taught that the world owes them something, and that someone else will always take care of them or is to blame for their misfortune. The world is just full of pussies..and the law and society demands they stay that way....fuck I'd hate to be a kid today.

  • April 12, 2012, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Kidd, that is NOT how schools work these days.

    by OutsideChance

    I've spent approximately twenty years handling cases in family courts, including dozens, if not hundreds, of cases involving school delinquency. Schools are, if anything, hyper-vigilant about bullying. Behavior that would have gotten a kid no more than a trip to the principal's office twenty or thirty years ago is going to result in a suspension or even a court proceeding and that has been the case for at least the past ten years. If there's a problem these days, it's not with the schools. It's with the parents of the bullies, who are either absent or enablers.

  • April 12, 2012, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Heh. Well you don't HAVE to take my advice.

    by DanielnocharismaCraig

    But regardless of what educational facility you learned from, with age comes wisdom and realization. You just shouldn't sent your kid to public school if you want them to make anything of themselves. Otherwise, you might as well get them ready for military service as an agent of ZOG over in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • April 12, 2012, 7 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah, I completely agree with your opinion Conspiracy

    by DanielnocharismaCraig

    I can't tell you how many times I've almost died being out on my own. But thats life! Life is not perfect or safe. It's dangerous! Damn dangerous. If you don't get hit by bus, you'll drown. If you don't drown, you'll get run over riding your bike. Our society is insane. Absolutely nuts. As I said before our political and corporate leaders(masters?) are absolute sociopaths. That being said, not everybody has the mental or physical ability to protect themselves. What about those with Aspergers/depression/anxiety issues? The simple solution imo, is to registers as many individuals as possible with handguns. An armed society is a polite society. You think bullies are going to go after that shy kid whos armed to the teeth? I don't think so.

  • April 12, 2012, 7:23 p.m. CST

    choppah! FTW!

    by mojination

    seriously though, i still think it's lazy and irresponsible to chalk this issue up to "that's life" and move on. If that happened to anybody on these boards TODAY, as an ADULT you'd do something about it, or expect something to be done on your behalf. i'm talking about the intense physical and mental ABUSE these kids are dealing with. some guy walks up to you in the office and punches you in the face for no reason? Every single day?? lawsuit, minimum. and don't give me some bullshit macho flavoured story about punching back. it sucks, but there's got to be some way to deal with it. we're supposed to PROGRESS as a society - it's fucking unbelievable that people are willing to sit on this! we don't need you assholes.

  • April 12, 2012, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Some guy named Kenny tried to bully me in

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    junior high, but stopped abruptly, one day. Years later I find out my metal head older brother and his psychotic friend had picked that guy up by the ankles in the hall and shook him until his change fell out.

  • ... isnt that a part of growing up and the human condition? It sucks, I know I was bullied when I was little and small and I'll even admit I bullied smaller kids myself because of it when I got older and filled out and got stronger and taller. However I see this like taking out competitive sports from gym and schools. We arent preparing children at all for being adults. News alert, there are bullies as adults, sometimes they are even worse than when they were children. I know, I've had some bosses who seemed to get off on making everyone under them miserable. Of course there are outliers and some bullies go way too far. I just think kids should be exposed to this while young so they can develop the skills to deal with these people when they're older and cant go running to their parents or the teachers to get them to make it stop. Just my two cents is all

  • As am I, I suspect, even though I went to public school.

  • I went to kids in public school that scored 1600 on their SATS when they were like 14 and went on to go to USC, MIT, etc. Needless to say I was not one of those students, math was never my forte. Still though talk about generalizing like a giant jack ass. I can do it too! If you go to private school your dick falls off if you're a guy and your tits explode if you're a chick.

  • Considering how many casualties you zogbots have suffered over there. Despite what the propaganda the media might still spew out, the American military are dropping collectively like flies.

  • You must have been the very minute few, the very lucky few to have attended a decent public educaitonal facility. But many of us out there have not. We've had to learn on our own most of the time and our professional careers have suffered as a result.

  • April 12, 2012, 11:42 p.m. CST

    On topic about the U.S. military again.

    by DanielnocharismaCraig

    Does anyone here seriously believe the amount of logistic "accidents" that occur over in Afghanistan that have nothing to do with the brave Afghani people fighting back? How dense does the U.S. government believe we are?

  • April 13, 2012, 4:28 a.m. CST

    Bully? Well, the game was great.

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    That is all.

  • I went to public school and turned out relatively fine, i don't hurt people and I hold down a job. I figured anything else is my own doing so no tears from me.

  • April 13, 2012, 3:19 p.m. CST

    I'll let him know you appreciate his service, cox

    by bah

  • 'brave Afghani people fighting back'? We're not fighting them! And by the way, he came home with a strong appreciation for the people and culture. Now he's back, he enjoys teaching people about what life is like for the Afghanis.