I’ve been thinking about the complexity of bullying situations lately. And today I happened across the blog of an inspirational woman who is in the midst of an ugly bullying drama, fully casted. There’s the victim, the bully and her two supporters, and the innocent bystanders. It’s all tying in nicely with the book I’m reading by Dr. Zimbardo, The Lucifer Effect. I’m particularly interested in the role of the innocent bystander, which of course is not the powerless roll we believe it to be. I think that’s where the banality of heroism (Zimbardo’s term) as well as the banality of evil grows, according to our individual reactions to the situation at hand.
All of this thinking brings me to this little film short. It’s written for parents and teachers, but I think it’d be great for use in community groups. There are supplemental classroom materials are available at Bullfrog Films. It’s an expensive film but you can borrow it from the nearest college or university library. The interlibrary loan service at your local public library might be able to get it for you too.