San Angelo Police Department presents ‘Bully’ documentary
Film shows the affects of bullying.
Published: Friday, January 18, 2013
Updated: Thursday, January 17, 2013 15:01
The San Angelo Police Department presented the documentary “Bully” on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Cinemark Tinseltown theatre of San Angelo.
“Bully” is a documentary that follows five children throughout their school year and shows the audience how bullying affects the lives of students who are being bullied and who are bullying others.
“I was bullied in high school,” sophomore Krysta Whitehead said. “I was verbally bullied, it happened mostly my freshman and sophomore years in high school. What’s done is done.”
Drug Resistance Education and Mentoring (D.R.E.A.M) Officer Erica Morris came up with the idea to try and get the film to San Angelo.
“Last summer was the major release of the film, I called the theatre here and they were not slated to get it, so I started talking to corporate to get a private screening and to find venue,” Morris said. “Initially I was trying to get a private screening for SAISD but it didn’t work out. Tugg.com is an event hosting website that was a liaison for us, all we needed, was to sell a minimum number of tickets.”
As the word spread about the film through social media, radio and television interviews, over 200 tickets were sold, Morris said.
“I think bullies know they are doing something wrong but aren’t necessarily bad people,” junior Evan Herod said.” Some people, if not all people, like to feel superior to others and bullying is how they achieve that. It is a great idea to show this film, if I would’ve known about it sooner I probably would have gone to see it.”
This is the first time in at least four years a film like this has been brought to San Angelo, Morris said.
“It gets better as you get older, Herod said. “There are always people out there that you can talk to help you deal with it.”