February 29 is Pink Shirt Day, an annual event across Canada to raise awareness about bullying. As a youth reporter and journalist, I am lending my voice in support of Lee Hirsch's award-winning film, Bully.
The documentary follows a year in the life of five bullied students. It is an intimate and heartbreaking look at how bullying has affected the lives of these youth and their families. The film opens next month in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver and, in my opinion, is a must-see for every student, parent and teacher.
Please join me as a peer advocate in working together to end bullying. It’s all about taking a stand and empowerment… speak out against bullying!
“The power of hearing one voice in solidarity with you can be transformative."
Directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, Bully follows five kids and their families over the course of a school year.
Stories include two families who have lost children to suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14-year-old daughter who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus. With an intimate glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias and principals’ offices, the film offers insight into the often-cruel world of the lives of bullied children.
As teachers, administrators, kids and parents struggle to find answers, Bully examines the dire consequences of bullying through the testimony of strong and courageous youth. Through the power of their stories, the film aims to be a catalyst for change in the way we deal with bullying as parents, teachers, students and society as a whole.