Girl Fight: Lifetime Film Explores World of Teen Bullying

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Bullying. It's all the rage these days ... pun not intended.

Girl Fight, the Lifetime movie based on a true story of a teen beating in Florida, premiered last night. What was so important about this particular story?

A self-described brainiac, 16-year-old Haley enters her senior year of high school determined to have some more fun. Enter the popular girls led by Alexa.

Alexa welcomes her into the fold after she does her a few favors, but not all of the popular girls like her. Soon enough, Haley is being full-on cyber-bullied.

After that, Facebook taunts give way to physical violence.

Anne Heche and James Tupper Photo

Anne Heche and James Tupper, a real life couple, play Haley’s parents.

Girl Fight is trying to tell a bigger story than that of Victoria “Tori” Lindsay, the girl assaulted in Lakeland, Fla. Lifetime producers call the film "universal."

It depicts the tragic world of bullying, but also sends a message of forgiveness, says Jodelle Ferland, 16, plays Haley, the girl attacked by her peers.

“She’s just a normal girl trying to fit in. How she got through it [the attack] showed a lot of courage. She was angry, but she never wanted revenge.”

She described the movie as instructive because it helps families deal with issues, such as violence and resolving conflict - breaking the cycle at last.

It's a strong message. As Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato and countless other stars have told us in recent months, bullying is a cycle that must be broken.


I watched that movie once why are girls so vicious they are just girls who arewant attention trust me if I was in the situation it would not have went the same way hope they get there asses beat


I started watching the movie, and wasn't able to finish it... when it be playing again


I'm watching this movie right now and I am really loving it I'm glad that I don't contribute to bullying like this... I try to stop it at least I can claim that much...


I just saw the movie last night it was horrible what they did to you over something you said a long time ago. People gotta learn to forgive and not hold grudges. But not fighting back was a good thing. But i think they all should of had a few years in jail to think about what they did and that its not okay to do that.


Smh first thing i thought about this why why her the situations wassnt even that server for her to get the punishment she did and honestly word are words bt she was phiscally hurt that hurt me and if i ever saw those girls man i would just wanna slap all of them what they did was wrong and i feel sorry for them and i feel sorry for hailey for ever becomming friends wit them


@Karena, you are damn right, I would have gone ahead with the most severe punishment as well. @RIPJamey, that's not bullying - that's punishment for the animalistic behavior they displayed. They could have KILLED her, and you think they should go off without punishment? Ha, you've got to be kidding.


Good movie but sad!! :)


when i was a kid bullying was left at threats and pushing. Now kids get on the internet or end up getting weapons. The world is a very different place and its up to parents and schools to teach tolerance of differences and protecting those who are victims of a bully. You would be very surprised by the effect you could have on someones life if you took up for a victim against the bully. There should be No Tolerance For a Bully!


I saw part of the movie but I didn't get to see the end so the girls who beat haley never went to jail what happened at the end can someone please tell me and inmy opinion it seems like those girls are monsters because a monster doesn't have feelings


Those girls were bitches and didn't care about what they did. They should have been put in jail for 1 to 2 years. that movie made me sick and now I hate this world cause this really happens. What are those girls doing now. I would like to know.

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