February 26th, 2013
05:00 AM ET

Fighting for your bullied child

By Chuck Hadad, CNN

Programming note: Learn more about Alex’s story and see how he has transformed from bullying victim to advocate in the AC360° documentary “The Bully Effect” on Thursday, February 28 at 10 p.m. ET.

(CNN) - The bullying Jackie Libby’s son, Alex, faced every day was so severe that she worried the emotional toll would drive him to suicide.

“I would lay up with my husband at night and … just cry and say … what if he decides he doesn’t want to be here anymore? I mean, at that point, there was really only one more way to disengage. He was failing out of school. He wasn’t involved with his family at all. He didn’t want to have anything to do with his siblings. He didn’t have any friends,” Libby said. “There was only one more way for him to get out.”

Alex first spoke about his tormentors not to his mother but on camera to documentary filmmaker Lee Hirsch in what would become the award-winning film “Bully.”

“They punch me in the jaw, strangle me. They knock things out of my hand, take things from me, sit on me,” Alex said in the movie. “They push me so far that I want to become the bully.”

The footage Hirsch captured of Alex being beaten on the school bus was so shocking that the filmmaker felt a moral imperative to show it to Alex’s mother and officials at his school in Sioux City, Iowa.

For Libby, it was the beginning of a battle for justice for her son. “My reaction was, I just started bawling, and then I got angry,” she said.

Read the full post on CNN's AC360° blog

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  1. allyson

    I think that parents and chidren should stand yp to bulling and its just not right. When kids get bullied the most likely dont wanna tell there parents so they end up doing something hamrful to themsleves and they need to be here to grow up and go to collage and maybe get married. Parents want to watch their child grow up not sith there and sob because they killed themselves. Both kids and parents need to stand up to bullying.

    February 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm |