The Bully Project reveals the unheard stories of children who have fallen victim to the bullying crisis that affects the lives of more than 13 million American kids at school every day.
We hear from of a group of students and their families who speak candidly about how bullying has taken its toll not only on the kids but the entire family.
The movie draws attention to the sad stories of Tyler Long and Ty Smalley, victims who could no longer cope with the effects of bullying, resulting in both children committing suicide.
Filmmaker Lee Hirsch, who is a victim of bullying, said during an interview that the being bullied as a child was the inspiration behind the movie.
“I felt that the hardest part of being bullied was communicating,” Hirsch said. “And getting help. I couldn’t enroll people’s support. People would say things like ‘get over it,’ even my own father and mother. They weren’t with me. That was a big part of my wanting to make the film. It’s cathartic on a daily basis.”
Hirsch hopes The Bully Project will inspire advocacy, engagement, and empowerment not just in the children being bullied, but by those who stand there watching and doing nothing to help. He stated: “I hope we build something that’s really sustainable. I hope this takes on a life of its own.”