Controversial 'Bully' movie comes to Charlotte

'Bully' Director Lee Hirsch

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by ANJANETTE FLOWERS / NBC Charlotte

WCNC.com

Posted on January 15, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 28 at 6:20 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The director of a controversial movie is speaking to a crowd of people in Charlotte Tuesday night about a serious topic that’s been getting a lot of attention.

The documentary is called “Bully.”  You’ve likely heard of the movie and perhaps you’ve seen it.

Director Lee Hirsch said more than 250,000 students across the country have seen it, too.

Hirsch is in Charlotte talking about the movement to take a stand against bullying.

"There is a problem. We have a problem in this country and not just in America, but everywhere when it comes to bullying,” said Hirsch.

With what seems like more cases of bullying being reported and often times recorded, Hirsch said the way to address it is to change people’s attitudes about it.

"Teenagers today, I think have said and they've stood up and they said this isn't going to be our narrative anymore. We can make a change. We'll be the generation and the adults are kind of like catching up on some level," he said.  "As someone who was bullied, it's so debilitating.  It knocks you down so hard."

But he’s encouraged by the changes he’s seen so far.

"What I see that's exciting is schools are doing things like Rachel's Challenge, screening Bully, engaging in programs that actually transform school climate,” he said.

Hirsch speaks at the Knight Theater at 7:30 p.m. and on Wednesday there will be a series of workshops at the Levine Jewish Community Center.
 

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