'Bringing it out in the open is the best way to deal with such a painful issue'

SEATTLE -- Some are billing it the documentary "Bully" as the movie every teen needs to see. The film profiles several victims' heartrending -- and sometimes fatal -- true stories.

Most of us know what bullying looks like but this movie shows us what we usually can't see inside the mind and heart of the victims.

"Bully" is a movie that many teens say hits them right where they're at in life because they've either been a victim themselves, or witnessed bullying.

Luke and Tessa Ilgenfritz's mother brought them to the theater Sunday, knowing that bullies threaten others in her kids' own middle school.

"Bringing it out in the open is the best way to deal with such a painful issue," said Jennifer Lamson.

Microsoft helped sponsor the documentary after researching a disturbing trend that shows us that bullying starts at much earlier ages now.

"Two-thirds of parents of children age 2-7 are very concerned that their child will be bullied," said Jacqueline Beauchere with Microsoft.

Cyberbullying via social networking can destroy a victim's last safe place.

"Now it can extend into the home environment as well," Beauchere said.

So instead of just watching the movie, a group acted on it Sunday.

Maya Zwang, 17, helped lead a pledge after the movie ended, hoping the movie's impact extends far beyond the final credits.

"I will standup for people being bullied, I will try to stop gossiping at my school," she pledged.

Microsoft has a bunch of free materials about cyberbulllying on their website,
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