Critic Review - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Bully is less a checklist plan for eliminating abusive behavior than an emotionally powerful wake-up call for a society too long in denial.

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Comment (1)
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John Hayes II

John Hayes II

I remember the old adage, "Two wrongs don't make a right." In this case bullying is wrong and condoning or ignoring it is wrong. To produce any explanation that suggests it is not inappropriate is to condone it. To suggest a type of understanding that minimized the role of the aggressor in the bullying relationship is to condone the behavior. Curdled relationships not withstanding, bullying is wrong.

Perhaps the reason there were no interviews with the bullying party in these interviews was that these folks would not consent to be interviewed. This is a serious problem. Some folks see the bullied party as part of the problem but this perspective is absolutely wrong and this is where two wrongs do not make a right.

In the time the documentary had I believe it did all that it could aspire to do. The problem is that some of us will treat this problem to clinically and that is a problem unto itself as this approach sacrifices the requirement of empathy by which the bully does not appear to have, otherwise he would not bully. To avoid being a bully one must possess a reasonable amount of empathy. Those folks who will reduce bullying behavior to a process will bypass the empathy necessary to see the wrongness of the bullying parties behavior but enabling them to cast some blame on the bullied party.

Unfortunately there is much more to the issue of bullying that this documentary did not have time to address, however this is still not a weakness. There is plenty more to be done with respect to the problem of bullying.

Autistic spectrum syndrome children (Autism and Asperger Syndrome) are at least 3 times more likely to be bullied that children who are not high on this scale.

In short this documentary is what it is and stands on its own merits in a subject line that screams for much more attention.

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