It’s a movie that you want to see and don’t want to see at the same time. But as more and more children are bullied in the classrooms, on social media, on their way home from school, more and more children succumb to the fight against their bullies.
Movies 4 will begin showing the film today with showtimes at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. daily. Tickets are $6 for matinees and $8 for evening showings.
Since stories of young teenage boys and girls committing suicide over vicious verbal and physical attacks have reached mainstream media, a trend was finally noticed. According to the movie’s website, 13 million kids will be bullied this year alone.
Schools have begun to take action, and to make the film broadly available, it was given at PG-13 rating.
Regina Lipnick, an administrator at Ferry Pass Middle School implemented a program against bullies at the school last year. Now, students can anonymously report bullies to the administrators who keep a database on the offenders. Administrators then send bullies and victims to counseling.
“We take bullying very seriously,” Lipnick said. “It’s so prevalent, we have to do something.”
Lipnick said there has been an improvement in the past year since the bully report forms were implemented.
“Has it dropped 100 percent? I don’t think that’s ever going to happen, but we have seen improvement,” she said.
Lipnick is planning to see the film, and even contemplated showing clips to future bullies as part of counseling.
“I am very careful about what I show to the students, but I bet there are articles and clips available,” she said.
BULLY AT MOVIES 4
WHEN: Daily at 1, 4 and 7 p.m.
WHERE: Movies 4, 1175 Gulf Breeze Pkwy.
COST: $6 for matinees and seniors, $8 for evening showings