Filmed in 2002 and found in an an Ontario high school basement, the video of a student practicing his Jedi moves with a golf ball retriever hit the Internet in April 2003. In a sequence of Internet events that foretold the future of Rebecca Black (among others), the video's star endured "harassment and derision from his high-school mates and the public at large," causing him to suffer a mental breakdown. That's according t a lawsuit his parents filed against the family of four students involved in the teasing.
It's a timely post, and not because nine-disc set of "Star Wars: The Complete Saga," released on DVD Sept. 16, earned $84 million one week and is now the highest-selling Blu-ray title ever. This cyberbullying thing, it seems, isn't going away anytime soon.
The young ones experiencing "Star Wars Kid" have a good laugh at the wanna-be Jedi's expense, until they're told of what he endured. Note their regret mocking the kid, and then their protectiveness for the kid who is now an adult in law school. Then maybe show it to your kids. Who knows? Maybe they'll learn something.
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