Teacher

TEACHER DEALS WITH HOW SCHOOL BULLYING CANNOT BE SOLVED

A high school student, Preston Walsh (played by Matthew Gerry), is being bullied by another student, Tim Cooper (Curtis Edward Jackson). The bullying is particularly evident in one of his classes, which is taught by James Lewis (David Dastmalchian), who is close to being awarded tenure in the school. Preston befriends Daniela Lopez (Esme Perez), a Latino student who is very shy and also the target of bullying. When Teacher Lewis reports the bully to the vice principal, however, he learns that dealing with the bully might be a black mark on the school, so he should not get too involved. The problem is that Tim’s father Bernard (Kevin Pollak) is rich and an influential member of the community. Nevertheless, Preston retaliates by pointing a camera at Tim while he is pitching for the home team, and more bullying follows. Teacher Lewis tries to intervene, going to the house of Bernard Cooper, contrary to the vice principle’s advice. Directed by Adam Dick, Teacher then descends into noir territory.  MH