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“Mentor” follows the families of two victims as they uncover the heartbreaking abuse inflicted on their children at Mentor High School. The families join forces and fight back, launching an unprecedented suit against the district for the death of their children. In a disturbing display of bureaucratic bullying, school officials destroy evidence and shred emails, meeting the parents' pleas for justice with silence and denial. The message is chilling: bullying is an acceptable method of social warfare conducted by children, sanctioned by adults, that allows suicide to be regarded with indifference and ridicule.
Deftly constructed, "Mentor" critically expands the current dialogue about bullying. Lambert’s own experience makes alarmingly clear that adolescent violence is not the work of a few “rotten apples”. It is a coordinated, community message about who belongs, and an American primer for removing those who don’t.