This is the second part of a two-part article. In the first installment, I talked about my personal experiences as far as being bullied. This installment will cover the recent documentary “Bully” as well as presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.
“Bully” — the unrated documentary from Lee Hirsch tells the stories of young people and their families and their experiences with being bullied. We see the incidents happening, as well as hear from the kids and parents themselves about it. We learn about those who killed themselves, that found themselves overwhelmed with what was happening to them. We hear from teachers and school boards that don’t seem to care or don’t know how to handle the situation. Not easy to sit through, I found myself getting teary eyed when they were mentioning the names and ages of the deceased. This movie is a definite must-see. What I would have liked to have seen, was more about the bullies themselves and what their home life/family was like. Why do they do what they do?
I was wondering what my reaction was going to be to the movie, because of my past experiences. I did make me curious about what my parents knew of the situation when it was happening. I talked to my parents this week, and it was a good conversation. They know I had a hard time, but so did my Mom and my siblings too. I also wondered what became of my tormentors. If I saw them, would they apologize or just laugh it off as boys being boys?
Which brings me to Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate. It has come to light in recent weeks, that Mitt was a bit of jerk in high school with his “pranks and hijinks” as he calls them. Romney led a group of boys that tackled John Lauber and cut off his bleached blond hair when they were students at a prestigious boarding school in the wealthy Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Eyewitnesses say that Lauber’s eyes were filling with tears as this was happening. Lauber stood out for his nonconformity and his perceived homosexuality. He is now deceased, so we can’t hear it from him what happened.