Acclaimed bullying documentary airing tonight

Written by Ben Allen and Radio Pennsylvania | Oct 13, 2014 12:50 PM

(Harrisburg) -- A documentary telling the stories of children who have been bullied is airing nationwide tonight, and the creators are hoping it raises awareness about the problem.

Bully won a DuPont-Columbia Silver Baton award, and was an official selection at several film festivals, including Zurich, Los Angeles, and Tribeca.

It tells the stories of a teen who took his own life after years of bullying and school administrators who argue kids will just be kids.

Since filming during the 2009 - 2010 school year, Cynthia Lowen, co creator of the documentary, says cyber bullying has actually picked up nationwide.

"Kids taping bullying incidents, kids taping assaults, particularly against young women. And it's something that I think is alarming," she says.

Lowen says it's important to fight against the mentality there's nothing wrong with a little bullying.

Six Pennsylvania cities are also trying to end bullying with an initiative sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, though York is the only midstate city participating.

Cynthia Lowen says it will take a community for bullying to end.

"You can talk to somebody. If you see somebody getting picked on, afterwards say are you okay, I saw what happened, do you want to go and make a report, I'll go with you, I can make a witness statement for you. You know, do that," she adds.

The documentary airs tonight at 10 on WITF-TV.

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  • David James img 2015-06-09 06:56

    Bullying can never be taken as a less serious issue. It's serious crime and it deals mostly with mental issues than its physical side. The body pain can be cured within days or even in a month, but the mental stress of being a bullying victim can't be cured if the victim is all down to his/her limits. To be frank, I get tears on my eyes when read the stories about bullying among the students. I often think about how one or a group can behave too cruel to another mate? I'm sure that this is not only my question but many others may feel the same.

    There are different methods before the responsible authority to be considered to eradicate bullying from campuses. But it differs from style and implementation. The main idea is to give counseling and guidance lectures to whole student community and make them aware of all areas of a bullying act. It may include why bullying can't be done, how it hurts the victim, what the offenders will get as punishment, etc. Even the management should stand high to punish some students engaged in such a heinous human killing act with maximum possible punishment, so that it will stand an example before other students who keep similar mentality.

    I can feel even more about the student related issues, because I'm also from a profession that connected to an online service which introduced to help students with writing ideas and examples. Every student is not so strong; that's the fact where some victims take it as a silly thing while some others take it too serious or may get deep felt with the act and do harmful themselves.

    Anyway, it's a great thing that happened for the betterment of the student community and the development of the social life as well. I was really enjoyed to see the efforts covered in the documentary and no doubt at all that it helped a lot in the process.

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