At the "Bullying: It Stops Here" town hall, Anderson Cooper spoke with director Lee Hirsch about his documentary "The Bully Project." The film is a close look at the fear and pain bullied kids endure daily. Kelly Ripa, Rosalind Wiseman and Dr. Phil also shared their reactions to the movie.
Reporter's Note: I write to the president every day, and he never answers.
The Dear Mr. President,
Well, here I've gone and done it again: nearly forgot to write! As my mother used to say (and still does from time to time) "Tom, you'd forget your head if it wasn't attached."
She's a riot.
It's late, so I won't say much.
Have you been following all these protestors gathering in various cities? I'm not sure what to make of them, because I'm not sure what they want.
Actually, I'm not sure they know either. Seems to be a lot of "we're against the way things are" but not a lot of "here is what we'd like to see instead."
I think that always weakens any group...political, social, religious, whatever. It's all well and good to be against...but at some point you have to be for.
Probably worth bearing in mind in your re-election bid too, as you take on the GOP.
Got to go. Manana.
Joshua Komisarjevsky was convicted of all 17 charges for his involvement in a deadly 2007 Connecticut home invasion. The violent crime left Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, 17-year-old Hayley Petit and 11-year-old Michaela Petit, dead. Komisarjevsky could receive the death penalty. AC360° will have a full report at 8 p.m. ET tonight.
Komisarjevsky was found guilty of the following charges:
Filed under: Crime & Punishment
Editor's Note: Lee Hirsch is the director of "The Bully Project." Anderson Cooper spoke with him about his film at the "Bullying: It Stops Here" town hall, airing on Friday, October 14 at 8 and 10 p.m. ET
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For too long, bullying has been shrouded in silence or merely dismissed as “kids being kids.” However, the stories of the five kids and families in our film “The Bully Project” are echoed by millions of youth and parents across our nation, crisscrossing wealthy and poor, rural and urban communities alike. Through the documentary, we’re able to bring these experiences to life in a way that forces us to reevaluate what’s at stake. Their stories compel us to get off the sidelines.
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