This movie was based off of the book on this true story: "Bully: a Tale of Highschool Revenge". The real Bobby (played by Nick Stahl) was a person of color, and Brad Renfro (RIP) is way better looking than the actual Marty.
Bobby Kent (May 12, 1973 – July 15, 1993) was an American who was murdered by seven others, including his best friend, Martin Joseph "Marty" Puccio, Jr. (born March 21, 1973), in Hollywood in South Florida. Kent attended South Broward High School in Hollywood, Florida. According to Tim Donnelley, who tried all the conspirators for his murder, one attorney described Kent as "very Eddie Haskell like. Adults saw him one way (polite and charming) while the kids saw him in a completely different way."
Marty Puccio was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Hollywood, Florida. He is an Italian-American and was raised Roman Catholic. Kent and Puccio had known each other since third grade, had lived on the same block in Hollywood in Broward County since that time, and were good friends as adults. Bad blood, however, existed between the two. Puccio felt "ill-will and hatred" towards Kent because he would bully and pummel Puccio. Both sets of parents were wary of the friendship as well. Puccio's parents, Martin Sr. and Veronica, were cautious because Marty often returned from being with Kent with bruises or bleeding. Fred Kent thought of Puccio as a wayward slacker who had no future (Puccio was a high school dropout) and felt the friendship with his son would destroy the future he was helping him build. Avid body builders, both boys used steroids, which, in Kent's case, according to testimonial accounts, significantly contributed to his erratic, aggressive behavior.
Kent and Puccio had experimented with making homosexual porn movies, hoping to sell them to local shops. Neither Kent nor Puccio actually participated in these movies, but rather allegedly directed them and coaxed Harry Suiter, a Florida man in his early 40s, to perform on camera. Kent tried to peddle a movie, entitled Rough Boys, to porn shops across South Florida. None took him up on the offer, however, due to the poor audio and video quality as well as the lack of any sexual activities in the film beyond Suiter dancing nude and playing with a dildo.
The Murder of Bobby Kent
Bully: A Tale of High School Revenge
Bully (the movie)