Bullying is a topic that’s been addressed at length, not only in other publications, but on the Being Latino platform. Our writers have shared statistics, stories of mean girls, personal stories, and even when we as Latinos say hurtful words to and about our very own. We read these words and feel sympathy for these victims, and yet, though we recognize that there’s a problem we don’t often understand the severity, even when it’s resulted in a death unless we’ve been victims ourselves. Unless we’ve seen a child’s pain with our own eyes. Bully, a documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across the U.S., gives us just that: an inside look. It shows us first-hand that places–school buses, cafeterias, and classrooms– that most children find a fun and normal part of their childhood, were and are still places filled with anguish for some.
Bully may not have the answers, but it shows us a pain that goes beyond the physical. The trailer on its own is difficult to watch, but through that reality, this movie can perhaps be the catalyst of a real conversation about what WE can do about the problem if together we can Stand For the Silent.