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By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Intense docu examines bullying as cause of two teen suicides

Movie NR 2014 80 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 14+

Everyone Should Watch This, but specially white middle class Americans!

This film is horrifying because it's a true story about what happens in parts of America. I went through bullying about my skin color when I was very young . I am a teacher, and I can tell you this would never happen without DIRE consequences in ANY of the schools I taught at because I and all the other teaching staff would have gotten kicked out for raising the hell these horrendous allowed behaviors !!!! Absolutely shameful! How little humans have evolved in all this time!
age 13+
Excellent information on bullying. I think all parents should see this. Teens should see it as well, to know they are not alone and can reach out to their parents for help. Suicide is not the only answer. Parents just have to be willing to do whatever it takes when no one else will.

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say: (4 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Alix Lambert does an effective job of showing what happened at Mentor High, who the bullying victims were and are, and how many lives were touched by the tragedies there. For the Mohat and Vicovic families, not only were there no happy endings, but their efforts to bring the tragedy into the light and to hope for better for other kids were stifled in every way. From the bullying girls who came to Sladjana's wake, laughed at the dress she was wearing in her coffin, and posted about its "ugliness" on MySpace; to the school counselor who shredded all her documents related to one student immediately after the death; to the lawyer who fought unsuccessfully to give the two families their day in court, in spite of stunning evidence; and, finally, to the refusal of any school official to be interviewed or even respond, it's all tragic. It's unimaginable that anyone could stay with Mentor through the closing credits without feeling overwhelmingly saddened and frustrated by what he or she has seen. Though Lambert does succeed in finally giving these families their day in the court of public opinion, it's relentlessly bleak. It tells the tale well but offers no positive perspective about how things can be made better; no family members get any relief from what they've suffered, and we don't know if there were any consequences paid or changes made in the school district's methodology.

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