“Bully” Documentary & Discussion
Eagle Rock School & Professional Development Center

Educators will need to preview the film, read through the accompanying guide, and determine what their student group can handle. Some parts of the film are difficult to watch and will resonate differently with students depending on their personal experiences with bullying.

This film provides a catalyst for discussion among the group as well as gives students an insight on what students are going through. This can provide students with an opportunity to learn how to help victims of bullying, understand the plight of victims of bullying, develop an appreciation for differences between students, and possibly foster a discussion on how to enhance school culture to prevent bullying.

Students will recognize the three types of bullying: social, physical, and verbal.
The documentary “Bully”, access to the clips (provided for free by “Facing History and Ourselves”, and the Guide to the Film (provided for free by “Facing History and Ourselves”)
Preview the film to determine if you want to show the entire film or certain clips.
Provide the students with the “stories” of the families (which can be found in the Guide to Bully). Have them think about the questions which are listed below each story.
Create a safe space for discussion and reflection.
After the film, allow students ample time to just reflect and process what they saw.
Choose different pieces of the “Guide to Bully” to foster discussion. The guide provides background information and questions to use for the discussion.
Be prepared for a wide range of responses and reactions.
Reflect.
Host a workshop taking back to the community what students have learned and experienced.
Hold a discussion on preventing bullying within the community based on what students saw and experienced.