New perspective aims to heal bullying

Scene from "A Girl Like Her"
"A Girl Like Her"

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) A new message that aims to stop bullying has taken the form of a feature film called “A Girl Like Her.” The movie was made by Michigan filmmaker Amy Weber, who experienced bullying from the victim’s and the bully’s perspectives. She says bullying is an epidemic and the only way to save a victim is to heal the bully. Weber’s overall message is hope.

>>> Watch: “A Girl Like Her” trailer (WARNING: adult language)

Nearly 300 students from six West Michigan schools were invited to watch the movie and participate in a panel. They gathered at Celebration! Cinema North, who treated them to the screening as well as free pop and popcorn.

After the movie, the students heard from Weber as well as experts from Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services and Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore about how they can approach bullying in real life. The students also signed a pledge to uphold the Girl Scouts program “BFF: Be A Friend First.”

“A Girl Like Her” is available for screenings at schools and will be in wide release in January 2016.

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