America’s bullying epidemic is drop-dead serious. 150 bullied children have taken their own lives in recent years in what psychologists describe as brutal peer abuse.
In Ventura California, the issue was particularly sensitive as the trial of Brandon McInerney unfolded, the 14-year-old accused of shooting a fellow student in the head during a middle school class. Public radio station KCLU-FM launched an investigative documentary on bullying. I was asked to help when the project hit a rough patch.
Bullying: Kids In Crisis took top documentary honors at the Los Angeles Press Club Awards last night. It was named Best Special Program by the Associated Press Television and Radio Association earlier this month while the California Teachers Association honored the work with its John Swett Award for Media Excellence. Here is the report, as aired...
While uncredited, I’m proud to have participated in this project with reporter John North. Beyond physical injuries, bullying can leave life-long emotional and mental health scars. Psychologists compare the effects of bullying to PTSD in combat troops, enough grief to keep 160,000 kids out of America’s schools every day. Too often, parents are unaware of what their children are going through, while teachers and prosecutors are stymied by a lack of remedies. This broadcast set out to change that.