The Bully Project opened with video of Tyler as a younger child and went on to show him at many different stages of life. He was a nice looking boy and didn’t have anything that would really call attention to him. For whatever reason, Tyler was a target for bullies. The school district denied that there was anything going on with this boy. He was a child who had trouble socially, but was very good at martial arts. He started to become more and more withdrawn. Eventually, the bullying became too much and his life came to a tragic end when he committed suicide by hanging himself in his bedroom closet.
Tyler’s parents are now on a mission to show the effects of severe bullying. The
pain that these parents feel is one of the first things that come through loud
and clear. They wonder what life would be like if he was still alive. What
things would he have gone on to do? This teenage boy took his life because he
thought that there was no other way to ease his pain. The ones who were bullying him convinced him life wasn’t worth living anymore. That school system failed to keep Tyler safe and that should never happen.
The thing most troubling about this scenario was the way that administration had a seemingly complete lack of interest in the subject. Tyler’s parents held a town forum to address bullying and specifically invited the school board and administration. When the
moderator asked for anyone representing the school to come forward, no one was there to speak on the schools behalf. There were detectives there and even police officers. No one there seemed to know what to do either. Bullying has become so rampant and no precedent has been set and so nothing happens.
I believe that many situations like Tyler’s play out in schools in the country every day. Lacking the knowledge about what to do, they opt to do nothing for fear they might run into trouble. Our schools officials and teachers must be trained to deal effectively with
bullying. I also have to reiterate here that we need to take a look at who really needs the help. The student being bullied will absolutely need help because it is emotionally and mentally scarring to be torn down and picked on day after day. However, the bigger problem is to help those that are doing the bullying. It is evident that those students who are doing the bullying do not have any idea how to be acceptable with their peers. We can remove the target from the situation, but those who bully will move on to hurt others. Until we take on the bullies, things will not change and, as seen in Tyler’s case, the
results can be deadly.