Truth, spoken aloud, may open a mind, free a soul, save a life.
A true poet, Shane Koyczan bares his soul…and it just might help someone understand – maybe even you.
You cannot end depression with a First Aid Kit.
By turn hilarious and haunting, poet Shane Koyczan puts his finger on the pulse of what it’s like to be young and … different. “To This Day,” his spoken-word poem about bullying, captivated millions. Here, he gives a glorious, live reprise with backstory.
This guy started out as a bully. Where he ended up will surprise you. It surprised the audience too, so they went ahead and gave him a rousing standing ovation.
The BULLY Project is centred around a film called “BULLY” – created to make us all more aware of the need to listen better, teach more effectively, be prepared – and to realize the extent of this problem; not just here in North America, but worldwide.
Remember that bullying is no longer confined to a School yard or a play area – it has encircled the world through the Internet and Social Media…and it’s never been confined to Children (though they are most vulnerable), Adults get bullied too.
Like any crime, if you are aware of bullying, report it, stand against it, do NOT ignore it. Don’t wait for someone else to do it. Think how you would feel if it was your Child…or yourself.
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. The new documentary film BULLY, directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, brings human scale to this startling statistic, offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched five kids and their families.
BULLY is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary. At its heart are those with huge stakes in this issue whose stories each represent a different facet of America’s bullying crisis. Filmed over the course of the 2009/2010 school year, BULLY opens a window onto the pained and often endangered lives of bullied kids, revealing a problem that transcends geographic, racial, ethnic and economic borders. It documents the responses of teachers and administrators to aggressive behaviors that defy “kids will be kids” clichés, and it captures a growing movement among parents and youths to change how bullying is handled in schools, in communities and in society as a whole.
Parents play a vital role in supporting their kids, promoting upstander rather than bystander behavior, and teaching and modeling empathy in the home. http://www.thebullyproject.com