Local director shines light on bullying in startling docu-fiction: “Breaking the Silence”


Director Frank Gigante, a Hoboken filmmaker wants to stop this growing epidemic killing our kids.

Despite the potential damage bullying is alarmingly common and over half of adolescents and teens are cyber bullied.

  • More than 1 in 3 have experienced cyberthreats online.
  • Over 25 percent have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the Internet.
  • Well over half of young people do not tell their parents when cyber bullying occurs.

As a result, many resort to suicide.  It is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC.

For more information:


If you are being bullied and need help, contact:

The Trevor Project

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Tyler Clementi Foundation

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    • I strongly suggest kung fu lessons for the kid who is being picked on.

      Bet you this bullying garbage ends with one feint, one jab and one axe kick. In that very order. In about a split second’s time span.

      Minous: Hollaring for a teacher or somebody in authority…..

      Gets you nowhere.

      Often as not nobody cares. It’s like that “if a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there” thing.:( Faculty and administration has to step in.

  1. Often as not the bully has rotten parents. I have never seen it fail.

    And what is sad is this begins at home. it’s up to the parent to make sure their kids treat everybody the same way they want themselves to be treated.


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