Movie "Bully" Gets Emotional Reaction from Students

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

On Wednesday morning, hundreds of students walked into the Michigan Theater in Jackson for a lesson outside of the classroom.

"Hopefully it doesn't end here, discussion has to take place and you hope you can take those points and further discuss it," said Jeff Smith, teacher at Western Options High School.

The documentary film "Bully" is a painful depiction of what bullying can do. For Western Options High School student Kelsey Lee, stories on the big screen hit close to home.

"I was bullied my entire childhood...My little brother is obese, my older brother has a stutter, so my entire family was called the handicap family," said Lee.

Even years later, the emotions on Lee's face were clear, perhaps showing that memories of being bullied never goes away.

"It's torture, it's worse than anything," said Lee.

For other students, the movie served as a reminder of what they can do.

"If I see someone being picked on, I'm going to run up and help them and separate the two people," said high schooler T.J. Hendges.

High School student Dakota Jackson says he never stands for bullying, but has trouble getting through to teachers when it happens.

"Teachers just say it's kids being kids just like they said in the movie."

As a teacher who watched the film, Jeff Smith says there's a lot of work to be done and it takes the effort of teachers and students to fight bullying.

"You have that bond with your students, they feel comfortable to not only talk to you but also to listen to what you have to say and know you're going to take action," Smith said.


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