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|Lee Hirsch||Director, Cinematographer, Producer, Screenwriter|
|Bishop Allen||Score Composer|
|Ion Furjanic||Score Composer|
|Cynthia Lowen||Producer, Screenwriter|
|Al Nelson||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Justin Rice||Score Composer|
|Christian Rudder||Score Composer|
|Gary Rydstrom||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Cindy Waitt||Executive Producer|
|Brooke Wentz||Musical Direction/Supervision|
Posted October 21, 2013
I do think that some kids are bullied for no reason, but I don't think that it happened to the kids on this DVD. This DVD turns the bullied kids into saints who can do no wrong. Alex's bullies stated that he said something to them first and that is why they retaliated. The lesbian girl lives in a conservative Christian community that frowns on the gay lifestyle. Instead of just mentioning that she is gay; she dresses and acts like a boy and hugs her girlfriend in front of everyone while complaining that the town is intolerant. These kids don't deserve to be hit or chased by cars, but they are NOT total victims either.
The other thing that I wanted to say is that I think that there is something wrong with these parents. I understand that the 13 year old girl was upset that people were making fun of her, but it is not OK for her to pull a gun out and threaten people on the bus. Personally, I think that she needs to be punished in some way. Then there is the boy who killed himself. Even though there are millions of people who were bullied and did not kill themselves; somehow, it is still the bullies fault that the boy killed himself--not his. With the exception of Alex's parents, all of these parents act like their kids never do anything wrong. They also don't teach their kids to be resiliant and learn to handle life's blows. When these kids run across a problem they run to their teachers or parents instead of trying to solve it themselves. If these kids don't correct their behavior, they may not be able to hold down a job or live independently.
In conclusion, I would not recommend people watch this to gain insights on bullying. This whole DVD is pretty much the kids complaining about bullying and the parents defending their kids and then waiting around for the school to do something about it. It is extremely one sided and biased.
Posted June 8, 2013
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