This is a MUST SEE story! NBC Dateline this evening will air a the story behind the suicide of Phoebe Prince, the young Irish teenager who killed herself in her home after enduring horrendous torture know as bullying at the hands of classmates. Kate Snow makes an appeal for viewers to watch this very important story about what happens to the fragile teenagers as a result of what many consider “harmless taunts” and the now nationwide consensus those teenagers engaged in this demeaning behavior should be punished.
Kate Snow mentions the movie, Bully, which was released in selective theaters across the United States this weekend. This movie addresses the issue of bullying from a realistic perspective as it follows families and teenagers whose lives have been affected by this trend of meanness. This movie got much press recently when it came out with an “R” rating. A multitude of celebrities were called in to action after a Michigan teenager wrote a letter to the producers asking the rating be changed to “PG-13″ so she could see it since she was, herself, a victim of bullying. It was announced that the rating had not really been changed, but the film company made it “NR” or no rating and published a permission slip to be signed by parents giving teenagers under the age of 17 expressed permission to see the film if they were unable to attend with the child.
Bullying has reached epidemic proportions in the United States to which Lady Gaga and her mother have created a program called “Born This Way Foundation” which recently received an in-depth look when Oprah Winfrey interview the Queen of Pop on her new show, “Oprah’s Next Chapter.” You can read the preview report here and the recap of the show here. Teen suicide as a result of bullying have gained prominent media attention lately and the reasons behind the bullying vary as drastically as the individuals against who it is targeted. The stereotyping parents and communities have endorsed (and ever promoted in some cases) are at the heart of this hate crime which targets teenagers as a result of sexual identity and preference as well as racial orientations and ethnicity. If you are the parent of a teenager, it is highly suggested you watch this program with your children as a tool of information and a measure of prevention as well as consolation so they might know they are not alone, the issue is being addressed, and legal action is now an avenue pursued against the tormentors.
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