Jamie Nabozny's teenage years were hell: He was called nasty names, was beaten so badly he wound up in the hospital, ran away from home and even tried to kill himself. All because he was gay.
When officials at his Ashland, Wis., middle school and high school refused to do anything about the bullying, Nabozny sued the school district - and won.
His case is the subject of a new film from the Montgomery, Ala.-based Southern Poverty Law Center and will be viewed by school children across the country.
The 40-minute film, "Bullied," premiered Tuesday in Washington, D.C. The film, directed by Bill Brummel and Geoffrey Sharp, was made as part of the SPLC's "Teaching Tolerance" program and will be distributed to schools.
The film is narrated by actress Jane Lynch, star of the popular Fox show "Glee," and traces the horrors Nabozny faced in middle school and high school and his effort to fight back in court.