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The topic of bullies has finally risen above the play yard banter and into the consciousness of parents and caregivers across America. But now, the question remains, what can we do to make a difference?

Bully

The new documentary Bully, hopes to bring just the opposite momentum to light, one about anti-bullying. The touching tale of life and death aims to prove how devastating the impact of what some used to pass off as "schoolyard teasing" can be to students, parents and teachers alike.

Directed by documentary filmmaker Lee Hirsch (Act of Honor, The Last and Only Survivor of Flora, Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony), the story follows five families through the course of one school year. The filmmaker himself was a victim of bullying throughout his childhood.

Two families are suffering from the loss of children due to suicide. One mother struggles with life now that her 14-year-old daughter is serving time after trying to transport a gun on the school bus.

According to the film's website, an alarming number of statistics around the problem shed light on the issue. Thirteen million kids in the United States will be bullied each year. Three million students are absent each month because they feel unsafe at school.

The question becomes, how can we as parents fight against this age old problem? The filmmakers track the response to this growing issue that perhaps has always been there, but now, parents, teachers and students are joining together in hopes of preventing the issue from destroying more lives.

In order to create awareness for the documentary and its cause, the filmmakers have started an anti-bully campaign on Twitter. Use the hashtag #BullyMovie, if you'd like to join the movement.

A number of Hollywood stars have spoken out about their support of the film. Johnny Depp signed on to give his support. Ellen DeGeneres has devoted time to speaking about the documentary on her talk show Ellen. Clothing designer Tommy Hilfiger is set to design an exclusive T-shirt inspired by the film's poster.

Bully releases in theaters March 30.

Photo credit: The Weinstein Company

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Comments on "How a bully can change your life"

Bill March 27, 2012 | 3:11 PM

I was bullied in middle school (and it was a catholic school).I had gum in my hair, got called names, etc, mostly on the bus, which I dreaded. I was even on the basketball team with them, and by 8th grade I had lost an interest in the sport which I loved. I have to say thanks God for high school, it was with new people, a new beginging and I made new friends.

Cheryl March 27, 2012 | 9:39 AM

In the middle of 8th grade I moved from a large city in Florida to a small town in Missouri. The kids the small town didn't see many new kids. The boys noticed me and the girls hated me. I was shy and prime for bullying. The girls began spreading stories about me that were untrue, flipping me off to my face, calling me names and threatening me. I went into a deep depression, couldn't sleep, cried frequently and eventually developed an eating disorder. I was hospitalized at 75 lbs at the age of 17. Bullying is more than just a child's game. I almost died and still live with the scars from that time.

Meg Jury March 27, 2012 | 9:25 AM

I am 51 years old and have changed my name from Peggy to Meg because of Elementary School Torment. Because I developed early and had breasts by 6th grade...not normal I guess back in that time and was called Piggy Peggy forever it stayed to this day!!

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