Divas Girls Group - Pink Shirt Day for bully Free Alberta
April 9th, 2014 marked Pink Shirt Day for Bully Free Alberta, a campaign to raise awareness about bullying. In honor of this, we decided to screen the documentary, “Bully” directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker Lee Hirsh. The film follows the lives of five students who face bullying on a daily basis. A glimpse into the classroom, the home and the principles office, this documentary offers insight into the cruel world of bullied children. This film examines the consequences of bullying and shines a light on how we need to change in the way we deal with bullying as children, teachers, parents and society as a whole.
After the screening of “Bully”, we had a discussion about the film and many of the youth were very taken back by how much bullying is still going on and how much even just name-calling can affect someone. We discussed the different types of bullying and how even joking around can be very hurtful to people. The youth discussed how bullying has gone to a whole new level with the internet, social media, cellphones and how emotional instead of physical bullying is what they see most.
The youth were then given the opportunity to write a short story, poem, lyric, spoken word or journal entry about bullying, their experiences with bullying, why people bully other people or about what we can do to stand up against bullies.