A new movie offers an unflinching look at the heartbreaking consequences of bullying — an urgent concern for ADHD kids, who are at heightened risk. Has your child been singled out as a victim?
by Wayne Kalyn
The much-publicized documentary, Bully, will debut this weekend in New York and Los Angeles. It tells the story of six families whose sons and daughters are mercilessly taunted by peers and, in some cases, physically brutalized.
You probably don’t need to see the movie to know how far bullies will go to torment kids who appear, sound, or act out of the ordinary.
Many kids with ADHD, LD, and dyslexia are at special risk for bullying, because they wear their academic and behavioral challenges on their sleeve. They are conspicuous targets for the small-minded and mean-spirited.
As Bully director Lee Hirsch says, “I am struck by the indifference of so many of us toward bullying.” Some 13 million children are bullied every year. The average episode lasts only 37 seconds and school personnel notice or intervene in only one of 25 incidents.
Bully shows that parents — a few good men and women — have the courage and sweat equity to launch anti-bullying campaigns in their communities. No doubt, as thousands settle down in front of the big screen this weekend — and in weeks to come, as the film goes into wider release — the efforts to battle the bullies will increase geometrically.
Until then, you are on the front lines in protecting your child against bullying and working with the authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice. As you do, join and support other parents by sharing your “bully” story — how it has affected you and your child’s life — on Facebook and here at ADDitude.