On March 30, the documentary BULLY opened in select theaters and is garnering tremendous media attention and has already begun to serve as a catalyst for conversation on the topic of bullying.
Over 13 million American kids will be bullied this year, making it the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the nation. BULLY brings human scale to this startling statistic, offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched five kids and their families. “60% of students with special needs reporting being bullied compared to 25% of general education students” statistics like this demonstrate the severity of this issue for the specific population of students with disabilities. In March, the White House hosted a conference on bullying prevention. Tim Shriver, CEO of Special Olympics, attended the event, representing the voice of those with intellectual disabilities and the mindset that it was time for a change.
Bullying is an issue closely connected to the movement of acceptance and inclusion that has been going on for the past 44 years at Special Olympics. Special Olympics is not an official partner, nor direct endorser, of this film, but we applaud the efforts of all who seek to create a safer, more accepting and respectful world for all. View more information or find resources how you can help.
- BULLY official website: www.thebullyproject.com