Anti-Bully Film Costs Florida Teacher His Job
At the conclusion of Kim Rocco Shields’ short film "Love Is All You Need?" Ashley, around twelve or thirteen years old, commits suicide by slashing her wrists in a bathtub. By the time her two moms find her, it’s too late. Ashley is gone. Moments earlier, Ashley had wiped the word "hetero" off her forehead, which the bullies at her school had written with a sharpie as they beat and taunted her.
Throughout the 19-minute film, Ashley struggles with her sexual identity as she’s brutally degraded by everyone who crosses her path. Parents, teachers, other students, it makes no difference, they all treat her the same.
All because Ashley is straight.
Shields’ brilliant film is taken from the real life experiences of kids who’ve been bullied. In reversing the sexual identity labels, the filmmaker creates a hauntingly nightmarish, ultimately heartbreaking fable, which underscores the brutal ugliness of bullying as no other film has.
"We created the film in order to help stop bullying, to help end prejudice," Shields said. "The film allows you to put the shoe on the other foot and really get a sense of what it’s like to be in that group of people who’ve been marginalized because of who they love."
Shields said that she was shocked that the film went viral, and that it’s having an impact.