‘Bully’ Comes to Newport, Spurs Discussion

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Members of the CdM High School Humar Relations Council at the Lido Theatre for the OC Film Society showing of “Bully.” Photo by Jim Collins

Bullying was the hot topic at Lido Theater on Tuesday.

The Orange County Film Society presented an advance screening of Weinstein Co.’s documentary film, “Bully.”

The film follows several students and families over the course of a year, showing bullying occurring in schools, how kids, school staff and parents attempt to deal with or ignore the issue and the tragic outcome for some bullying victims.

The film also urges kids, parents and school staff to step forward and join the bully project in an attempt to end bullying.

The OCFS event also included a panel discussion that featured Dr. Jerry Weichman, Kevin O’Grady from The Center in Orange County, and Corona del Mar High School Human Relations Council student members Oren Shaolian and Kiefer Cohen, both seniors, and Katie Steinberg and Mason Lyle, both juniors.

“I feel like if every single high school (student) saw it, it would really make a difference,” Steinberg said.

About 20 students from the HRC attended the event, including junior Sally Evans.

“Everyone needs to see this (film),” Evans said.

The parents of the bullying victims stood up, she said, but the teachers, school administration and other adults involved didn’t help like they should have.

“I was appalled with the parents and the adults in the situation,” she said. “The administration is more worried about them getting a bad image than showing that bullying is at their school, but they need to address the problem, they keep trying to say that there is no problem and that they’re taking care of it, but they’re clearly not.”

There is no such thing as an innocent bystander, Steinberg said, which is also an idea Dr. Weichman has talked about before. The panel discussed this “someone else will help” attitude, Steinberg said.

“If everyone thinks that, nothing will get done,” she said.

The film has also been the center of recent controversy over the “R” rating it received for profanity, which may prevent it from being seen by its target audience.

Steinberg and Evans both agreed that they and several of her classmates disagreed with the “R” rating and felt everyone, kids and adults, should see the film.

The documentary also shows violent physical abuse occurring among kids.

“It was very eye-opening,” Steinberg said. “I had never really seen anything like that before.”

Most of the bullying that occurs here, she said, is verbal or online, it doesn’t usually get as physical as it did in the movie.

“It was kind of shocking,” she said.

The film evoked strong emotions from both Steinberg and Evans, as well as the rest of the audience.

Both girls said they are interested in getting the film to be shown at their school and are already looking into it.

The film hit’s the public big screen March 30. Visit www.thebullyproject.com for more information.

 

 

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  1. These kids are just part of a big charade. To these people, “bullying” basically means “any expression of disapproval of homosexuality” and that’s about it. They’ll say otherwise but that’s all that matters to them. Want proof? Do a google search on “Santorum” and see the result. It’s a cyberbullying site that defines the presidential candidate’s surname as fecal mater…with 95,000 “Likes” on Facebook! And who’s behind this online bullying? Gay activist Dan Savage, the guy behind the “It Gets Better” anti-bullying initiative endorsed by President Obama himself. But wait…if Dan’s against bullying, why would he engage in bullying himself? The sad truth to me, as someone who was brutally bullied as a child, is that these people don’t really care about the broad spectrum of bullying; they only care about stopping anything THEY don’t like, including things like quoting the Bible’s position on any moral issue. Is that bullying? Hmmm, now the question becomes “who decides what is bullying?” Well, see, things like “leaving people out on purpose” (from the Bully Project web site) is bullying. Really? And I’m sure expressing disapproval of homosexuality is “emotional violence”, so The Politically Correct Police need to raise taxes to hire sensitive activists to suppress it. And Christianity is, to them, by definition “bullying”…so therefore Christians should be bullied. One of my leftist anti-bullying buddies just announced proudly he was going out with his wife to enjoy the “religious satire play” (Wikipedia) called “The Book of Mormon”. Oh, it’s not bullying, it’s “religious satire”. Ummm…see the problem here? Anyone who supports this anti-bulling smokescreen is simply putting tax dollars in the hands of the radical Left to waste money hiring people who studied unmarketable subjects in college so they can tell us what we can and cannot say and believe. It’s very sad; I was physically beaten a lot, but the only thing worse than that is listening the sanctimonious bleating of these hypocritical slacktivists.

  2. Wow, it gets even more amazing. Go to the film’s website, thebullyproject.com , and look at the second graphic down in the right column. It says “DON’T LET THE MPAA BULLIES WIN! GIVE ‘BULLY’ A PG-13 RATING INSTEAD OF AN ‘R’ RATING!” Wait…what? The MPAA, the people who assign ratings to movies (G, R, PG-13, etc.), are now classified as “bullies” because of they way they rated this film? How very sad that these sanctimonious moralists can hijack this serious issue to decide that anyone who disagrees with them is a “bully” and therefore…we need legislation so they can fine and incarcerate anyone they simply declare to be a bully. I’m not making this up, go to the site yourself. Ask some poor kid getting his face beaten if he thinks that Movie Ratings are bullying…