1. Have you ever been bullied before and what was it like?
2. DId you ever got to someone for help or had anyone help or stood up for you?
3. Did your teachers do anything to prevent it?
4. If you were bullied, do you think you have long term effects from it?
5. What do you think America should do to prevent bullying?
“You’re ugly, you don’t belong here!” How do you feel about that? It hurts, right? This is a form of verbal bullying. In America, bullying has yet to be extinct in society. It stems from the people’s idea of beauty standard. If you do not belong within the standard then you will be the target of bullying. The term bullying should not be taken lightly, it comes in all forms: Verbal, physical, cyber and even ostracizing. People do not realize how bullying affects a victim in the long run. It causes depression, eating disorders, social anxieties, and low-esteem. Worse of all, it may end up in suicide if bullying pushes the limit of the victim. You don’t want to end up becoming an indirect murderer.It doesn’t help the fact that bullying starts in elementary school where kids do not know any better. What if they were not educated by their parents and ended up bullying a disabled person? Is this right to you? Parents are not the only one who should get involved, teachers as well. All adults should teach kids and teenagers what is right from wrong. Do not just stand there let bullying happen, you’re no different from a bully if you’re just a bystander.
Voiceover by Alanna Li
Written narration by Melissa Tang
Many people do not realize that bullying is not all about physical attacks. It can be verbal, cyber, and ostracizing. According to the site CDC in the thread, “Bullying” it stated that “Bullying includes threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically and verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.” The thread also included that the damaging effects do not end with the victims, it can also effect their families, friends, and (possibly) neighbors. (CDC). It can occur anywhere including cyber bullying (CDC).
According to the government website organization, Stop Bullying, stated that victims may develop “Depression and anxiety, increased feelings of sadness and loneliness, changes in sleep and eating patterns, and loss of interest activities they used to enjoy. These issues may persist into adulthood.” The organization also mentions that victims’ grades can decrease and are more likely to skip or drop out of school (StopBullying).
“Bullying” Center for Disease Control and Prevention,. CDC.gov, 10 Oct. 2017. www.cdc.gov/features/prevent-bullying/index.html Accessed 23 June. 2018.
“Effects of Bullying.” Stop Bullying. StopBullying.gov, 2018. www.stopbullying.gov/at- risk/effects/index.html. Accessed 23 June. 2018
What is bullying?
What are the long lasting effects of school bullying?
How does being bullied effect school grades, and attendances?
How many of these victims drop out of school or are homeschooled?
The approach I wanted to go with this short documentary film is by following the main character’s lifestyle in school. How she is bullied by her peers and how she has to deal with it on a daily basis. I do want it to be more of third person point-of-view, however, I expect her inner thoughts to be heard as well. This way the audience is able to understand what victims have to go through.
When it comes to filming, these three titles are close to what I have in mind:
Little House on the Prairie
Streets: A Rock Opera
Surviving Middle School A Bullying Story
Main character: Sarah – protagonist with multiple surgeries under belt but no one knows.
Journey: Constantly being bullied by her peers for unknown reasons. Friends she thought were her friends decided to disappear from her life one day.
Sarah was an optimistic girl in elementary school, she did not care about bullies as much as she did when she moved onto middle and high school. Despite the bullies in elementary school she was known to always have a smile on her face. Middle school became harsh to the poor girl. There was a young boy who kept verbally abusing her calling her “Ugly” and mocking her voice. Some students were “afraid” of her. Some just wanted to jump on the bandwagon and tease her. One day, food was thrown at her by her own race – the group of people she least expected to get bullied from. Again, without reason. However, she knows deep inside that she was not normal compare to these bullies.
Little did they know, Sarah was ill. She never spoke of her illness to anyone. She had enough of the bullies and told a teacher she was close to help her; as all other teachers tried to tell the bullies off and failed in changing anything. The one method that stopped her bully was exposing Sarah’s illness to the class. Another time was when she had a major surgery and these bullies felt sorry, or was surprised. Sarah refused to forgive them. This was a time when she started to lose her smile. However, her friends were still with her so she kept strong for the next two years.
High school came around, her illness got worse and she was constantly absent. Her friends started to leave her. Her smile disappeared for good during this time of hardship. It was hard to trust anyone, it was difficult for her to speak up and present. With the excuse of her illnesses, Sarah began to skip classes on purpose. She was failing her classes. Her world was falling apart and the bullies did not know what they did to her mentality. Her teachers worried about her grades and getting around the campus. She refused to use a wheelchair to get around the campus despite walking can easily cause light-headedness or faint. Why? She did not want anyone to see her as a weak abnormal human being.
Eventually Sarah was able to graduate high school and finally able to erase the past from her mind. A month after graduation, Sarah was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder and even had a third major and risky surgery a year later; hoping that her life will improve as her health did. It did not. Being bullied took a huge toll on her mentality, she refused to go out anywhere but to stay in the comfort of her own home. She resorted to playing games and meeting friends – it quickly became her hobby. Despite the fact that she was alone, she eventually grew to love it.
Despite her internal health being “healthy” her skin develops rashes known as eczema as it was a symptom of her newly found genetic disorder. Eczema made her self-conscious and threw her deep into depression. She was never normal from the first place and now she feels like a monster. Thoughts going through her mind like: What would people think of her? No one would approach her. No one would like to be friends with a boring, ugly girl.
With the new developed skin disease, the stares and judgmental people were breathing down her neck each time she walks out the door. Will there ever be someone non-judgmental for Sarah? Will there ever be someone mature enough not stare at her and react as if she was a monster? When can people stop ostracizing her? Her journey doesn’t end here.