Losers: A Short Film About Bullying

As with a lot of you I’m sure, I was bullied when I was younger, mainly because I was… different. I was shy, had trouble interacting with others who were not of my “kind”, and was generally not that good with girls and playing most sports. Translation: I was a big nerd. So when I stumbled on that video last evening, I knew I had to share it with you guys… because you know… it reminded me of my past.

We’ve been hearing more and more about bullying in the media in recent years, but I’m wondering, does all that coverage actually help? Is bullying still as big of a problem as it was back in the 80s when I was in high school?

But you know what they say: It gets better… and it’s true.



13 Responses to Losers: A Short Film About Bullying

  1. It's definitely still a problem.

    What's crazy are the 'bully apologetics' that is coming out now that claims it's good because it builds character and teaches the people on the receiving end how to overcome adversity.

    Makes about as much sense as saying rape teaches people to dress more conservatively. Pure garbage.

  2. thanks for posting this. My 16 year old sister committed suicide 2 years ago due to bullying so I would say its still an issue. The support just isn't there.

  3. I think it's gotten worse. It was terrible when I was in high school. I was bullied and called names; notes were passed in class. Now those "notes" are viral videos and tweets and facebook posts. It was really really bad when 25 people may have seen it. If a note left the classroom it probably got passed around. Maybe then that number doubled; yeah it got worse. But eventually nobody knew who the note-of-the-day was about . Of course there was always the next day and a new note.

    What is worse is when those "notes" are seen by hundreds of people as those vids and tweets. They feed off each other and keep escalating.

  4. I still remember the name and face of the boy who would get in my face and scream that I was ugly and stupid. I used to eat lunch by myself because I was too shy to make friends (eventually did, but it was hard). This video makes me cry because I don't want the same thing to happen to my son. It breaks my heart.

  5. It's not bad now. I learned how to become a sociopath after my teen years, and now attempt to first gently explain to bullies the error of their ways. Sometimes it works, sometimes not.
    It's more fun for me when 'they' don't get it. 'They' often travel in herds, notice that?
    Once you drop the first two; the rest develop fear. You can see it in their eyes. If, 'they' don't run.
    I was created by nurture, not nature.

  6. With 4 school aged kids, it is much worse than when I was in school. Thankfully my kids have mostly observed and not been subjected to. But the stories they bring home are heart wrenching.
    I blame the handcuffs that have been put on schools, parents and anyone else who even attempt to discipline a child in this law suit happy/oh poor me society that we live in.
    And I'm not talking physical discipline, hell you can't even yell at these kids because they know there is nothing you can do about it.

  7. I've had experiences with "bullying" in high-school. If you can call gang-related violence, daily attacks and death threats "bullying". I think when you are older than 18 it's called "Assault".

    But those people who assaulted me and made my teenage life very difficult were struggling through their own psychological problems. At base they are almost exactly the same as me just under different circumstances. When I turned my pent up aggression around on others I became the bully too.

    The average parent bullies their kids more than any of their classmates, that's for sure. Parents are good at deceiving their kids into taking on a bunch undeserved blame simply because the parent has not sorted their own life out yet.

  8. It's worse now due to the net and cell phones. They can harass you 24/7, where when I was in HS they only had a few times during the day to do it.

  9. Hmmm, its a real shame some of these stories. I'm tempted to say I was bullied because I was in fights a lot, suspended from school many times. People just didn't like the flock`o seagulls hairdo I was rockin (especially in Texas). I think one of the hardest things to communicate to children is that the social existence of high school is temporary, and will fade into irrelevance. My mother did me a great service by exposing me to the world that existed outside of school – books, comics, boardgames, science fiction. I'll do the same for my daughter (as well teach her Brazilian Jiu Jitsu :-). I hope everyone here has found some fulfillment in their lives, and I'm really glad the author of this site endured because it brightens my day every time I come here.

  10. Not to minimize the need to take action against bullies and help kids learn to better cope with pressure-filled situations, but maybe we should put as much effort into examining some of the root causes. I believe a key contributing factor is how acclimated we’ve become to violence.

    Horrific, explicit, oppressive violence is now an accepted part of our everyday lives. In videogames, movies, even music, we glorify and savor extreme cruelty and destructiveness! And as we’ve become numb and indifferent to negativity and violence, bullying has escalated to epidemic proportions.

    Coincidence? I think not.

  11. "It's not bad now. I learned how to become a sociopath after my teen years, and now attempt to first gently explain to bullies the error of their ways. Sometimes it works, sometimes not."

    Instead of trying to psychologically analyze 'WHY' kids bully, no one thinks to remember, schools are an attempt to socialize untrained, unskilled, little mammals (humans) into becoming productive, functioning MEMBERS of society. Parents to a large part are guilty of not setting up basic rules that should be adhered to when interacting with others. Parents are, and should rightfully be, the initial bastion of peer group pressure; especially in the formative years.
    If parents fail, society will fail; is failing…responsibility is not just a word in the dictionary.
    Kids are not like a game of craps. You can't rely on the odds to create them. If you think you can, where did the saying, "It's just a run of bad luck….", come from?
    You can't rely on luck.

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