'Bully' filmmaker on making doc
Lee Hirsch shares his experience
- Duration 6:41
- Date Mar 26, 2012
Lee Hirsch shares his experience
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Bartenders are responsible.
-- drama goes out kills an innocent person how come the bullies are not responsible for the death of this precious child.
We -- back and we're talking about the upcoming documentary -- it opens in theaters march the thirtieth.
It it it's a film that it's playing near you I hope you'll go see it and when it comes out on dvd if you're not able to get to a theater I I can tell you right now I'm gonna buy copies.
My children who are grown and starting their own families they're gonna get a copy this I want kids to see this I want parents to see it before their kids go to school and get -- that this kind of trouble.
Vista with Lee Hirsch who is the director of the movie we also have Jacqui -- than Alex living in Oklahoma.
Alex -- was followed a great deal during this film.
Alex said before.
I told you how proud I am a view -- for your courage and I mean that was all my heart.
You've been now two years in a new school your family moved from the place where you were bullied.
Are things going better for you now on and you feeling better about life.
I mean it's gotten so so much.
-- sends them -- -- and so.
Well I am so I'm I'm so glad.
Because if you'd you'd never no one ever deserves to be treated like you were and I'm so grateful your parents showed a lot of courage made a big sacrifice.
To move so that they could put you in a school that you would be respected and treated with with dignity and as a citizen of worst.
And I wanna say thanks to Jackie and -- for.
-- We -- this would.
And I'll be honest I don't understand why I've watched it I've seen things on television that are far worse.
I know it's important -- try to get the Motion Picture Association.
To change that rating is that likely to happen.
I think it is I think that they're looking for a way to change it and there's a lot of pressure that petition.
Has -- just shy of 600000.
Signatures and that's extraordinary restarted.
By Arab girl.
From Ann Arbor, Michigan seventeen years -- herself a victim of going.
Mean how extraordinary is that.
I also I I can't go further -- is thanking you from the -- my heart for having me here.
The Stanley giving honor to these stories into the storm and really it just means the world to me thank you so much well you're.
Because they open themselves up to America and they've shown us some.
Things that are going on that I don't think a lot of us off.
-- as a director of what was the toughest moment you had because you saw some of this stuff and yet you couldn't just reach in there in stopping you saw things happening to Alex.
And and did but there was a point you finally had to step -- There was when I saw their level of violence.
There was just no conversation we just we decided to take the footage to the school.
-- -- the fairway I want to also just say something about the school.
It took a lot of courage for them to let us make this -- It's you know really small schools -- -- we don't have a bullying problem.
They allowed us to make this -- stood by it and that's an extraordinary act from.
School district in Sioux City.
But these families.
But the toughest part.
Being with the film -- lost her kids.
Yet -- no -- did not there's nothing else but that could prepare you for that.
And -- that's something that I found just overwhelming emotionally to -- The fact that some of these kids were so taunted so absolutely chased and harassed and and just.
Beaten down today decided that life was no longer one kid was told one -- go hang yourself it's and he did it.
He did it and then kids mocked him.
After he was dead by coming to school with new -- around their neck you just wonder.
How can people be so cool.
It's hard to imagine.
I really wish I understood that but you know -- crew as they are believe we have the capacity to change.
And I believe that.
Can see this film can talk about it -- like exactly what we're doing can make that choice.
To -- -- -- a look out for that person I'm gonna stand up I'm gonna.
Act on behalf of someone that's being bullied and that's that's that that's -- -- everyone's capacity.
I want you to -- -- -- he was eleven years old when he killed himself after being bullied at school -- father Kirk said something that truly got to me.
-- -- -- -- People -- war.
-- -- I guarantee -- some politician's kid did this because he was getting picked on a public school.
You know to be a law tomorrow.
To be changes made tomorrow.
You know we're nobody.
We love each other and we loved our son.
What the -- -- smalley said was that there nobody animates -- is something that's not true.
Somebody just like the rest of us who love their children.
Thought that they -- their kid to school the -- would be okay because I mean after all they're paying tax dollars and the school is supposed to be a place where once they walk through those stores they're okay.
But all across America thirteen million kids aren't okay.
They're being harassed and bullied and some of them to the point.
That like -- they take their lives.
This can't go on without American speaking out -- that matter whether you're liberal conservative Democrat Republican this is an issue.
That is an absolutely inexcusable situation for this country to tolerate and endure.
No American child should go to a school.
And somehow believe.
That tomorrow he's gonna have a worst day because somebody is chasing him down.
And giving him this kind of bully.
My heartfelt thanks go to the parents.
And all of these children who were willing to let us hear their stories and then.
I'm sure enough it.
-- -- -- -- -- -- And for your children.
And I hope that this country will never allow this to go forth the movie is -- be sure.
And make sure you watch we're.