13 Mar

The award-winning documentary Bully is scheduled to be released in theaters on March 30th.  This powerful look at the devastating consequences of bullying has the potential to affect change in the way we all think about and deal with this type of abuse – especially in schools. I’ve watched this trailer nearly 10 times, and I’ve yet to view it without tearing-up. But this emotional, valuable and relevant documentary has been given an R rating for language, restricting the accessibility of this film for the audience who would benefit most – children under the age of 17.

According to The Los Angeles Times, the Motion Picture Association of America has scheduled a special screening and panel to take place this Thursday to discuss the documentary and its rating. I know I’m not alone in hoping the MPAA reconsiders their rating decision. In the meantime, you can add your name to the 300,000 on the change.org petition MPAA: Don’t let the bullies win! Give ‘Bully’ a PG-13 instead of an R rating!

I am really looking forward to seeing this film when it comes out at the end of the month. Bringing attention to the issue of bullying is critical in efforts to create safe schools with learning environments that foster the healthy growth of all students – socially, emotionally and academically. Peer relationships matter! A documentary like Bully holds the possibility of shining a light on a very serious topic and in doing so, persuading parents, educators and youth to take notice, take action and make a difference.

Other related posts, articles and sites:
Bully Official Site
Bully Facebook Page
Change.org Petition – MPAA: Don’t let the bullies win! Give ‘Bully a PG-13 instead of an R rating!
Los Angeles Time – ‘Bully’: MPAA to host screening, discussion of R-rated documentary 
TIME Healthland – Bully: A Hard Documentary, but Does It Deserve to Be Rated R? 
CNN – ‘Bully’ controversy: Student urges MPAA to change documentary’s R rating
Facing History and Ourselves – Interview with Director Lee Hirsch: “Bullying Impacts Who We Are as a Nation


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