“Bully” Documentary & Discussion

Educators will need to preview the film, read through the accompanying guide, and determine what their student group can handle. Some parts of the film are difficult to watch and will resonate differently with students depending on their personal experiences with bullying.

This film provides a catalyst for discussion among the group as well as gives students an insight on what students are going through. This can provide students with an opportunity to learn how to help victims of bullying, understand the plight of victims of bullying, develop an appreciation for differences between students, and possibly foster a discussion on how to enhance school culture to prevent bullying.

Eagle Rock School & Professional Development Center

Grade Level: 7-12

Estimated Time: 98 minutes for the viewing of the complete documentary, at least 30 minutes to debrief the film with students, as much additional time as desired to go through the accompanying “Film Guide.”

Connections to Character.org’s Eleven Principles:
Helps create a caring school community (Principle 4)

Connections to Core Values:
respect for peers

Lesson Objectives

Students will recognize the three types of bullying: social, physical, and verbal.

Materials Needed

The documentary “Bully”, access to the clips (provided for free by “Facing History and Ourselves”, and the Guide to the Film (provided for free by “Facing History and Ourselves”)


  • Preview the film to determine if you want to show the entire film or certain clips.
  • Provide the students with the “stories” of the families (which can be found in the Guide to Bully). Have them think about the questions which are listed below each story.
  • Create a safe space for discussion and reflection.
  • After the film, allow students ample time to just reflect and process what they saw.
  • Choose different pieces of the “Guide to Bully” to foster discussion. The guide provides background information and questions to use for the discussion.
  • Be prepared for a wide range of responses and reactions.


  • Reflect.
  • Host a workshop taking back to the community what students have learned and experienced.
  • Hold a discussion on preventing bullying within the community based on what students saw and experienced.

Extensions and Adaptations

  • Show clips of the film instead of the full-length to help keep students’ attention.
  • Have students give verbal reflections or written reflections depending on the grade level.

Related Links and Resources

A Guide to the Film, Bully
The BULLY Project

Download Lesson Plan


Anastacia Galloway, Peer Mentor Director