In the horror genre, one of the most tired tropes is the hero going after bullies. It's such a fad, pushed on by the likes of the prom scene from Carrie, as well as any other property involving teens. 

It's all to make the protagonist more of a victim and show how society, and mankind in general, are monsters in need of punishment. 

It's all to make the protagonist more of a victim and show how society, and mankind in general, are monsters in need of punishment. 

Still, it's overdone, lazy and unoriginal, all to dredge up compassion and sympathy and build to points of catharsis and revenge.

Unfortunately, while Firestarter had a chance to avoid this path, it made the same mistake and fell prey in an even worse way.

The Firestarter reboot had young Charlie antagonized by kids at school, which ended with her pyrokinesis blowing up a bathroom stall.

Her parents, Andy and Vicky, brought her home, fighting over whether to train her or hope the ability would subside.

But the rest of the film totally ignored the school and the bullies, focusing on the family evading the Shop and their hunter, Rainbird.