School Bullying: Kids React (VIDEO)
There are myriad opinions on why kids bully, how to get rid of bullying in schools and whether eliminating bullying altogether is even possible. But for a lot of those issues, the voices are coming indirectly -- from parents, teachers and others who aren't the direct perpetrators or victims.
In a new video by The Fine Bros, filmmakers Benny and Rafi Fine go straight to the source and talk to kids about bullying. Watch the video above as kids react to a video of a student victim standing up to his bully, and hear what these kids have to say about what a bully is, how to handle a bullying situation, whether cyber bullying is worse and what they think schools should really be doing to combat bullying.
Speaking at a campaign event in Davenport, Iowa last week, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) responded to an audience member's question about what she would do about teen bullying in schools by calling for the elimination of the U.S. Department of Education.
Recently, the death of Jamey Rodemeyer has cast a national spotlight on gay bullying in schools, particularly the complex emotional and social issues that lead to extreme measures like 14-year-old Rodemeyer's suicide. The teenager killed himself after posting a viral "It Gets Better" video, and his case drew further national attention when Lady Gaga vowed on Twitter to make bullying illegal -- even going to the president himself to address the issue.
A recent video shows a school bully waiting inside a classroom for a gay student, so he could beat the victim to the ground. To combat bullying, victims are taking to other measures -- like plastic surgery -- just so the harassment stops.
Joining Lady Gaga in the public fight against school bullying is a host of prominent figures and organizations, including rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Tyra Banks and popular children's show Sesame Street.