For years, students have performed William Mastrosimones play Bang Bang Youre Dead. The play, which is about how bullying destroys lives, forces teens to examine the consequences of bullying and violence. Some students even took time to write to Mastrosimone to share their reactions to the play. But that did not prepare the author the response to the Showtime movie production of the same name. Mastrosimone was inundated with e-mail messages from students who shared their own experiences and pleaded for help. Mastrosimone hopes schools use the movie as part of their own anti-bullying efforts. Included: Tips for reducing in-school bullying, resources for anti-bullying lessons.
The day after William Mastrosimones movie about bullying aired on Showtime, he was ready to move on to new projects.
Then Mastrosimone got hit with the first wave of student anguish.