3 million

8 Mar

According to the Bully Project, that’s the number of students who are absent from school each month because they feel unsafe (http://thebullyproject.com/).

The documentary Bully, coming out March 30th, is caught up in a ratings debate that may prohibit kids from seeing the movie, even though they’re certainly old enough to experience bullying, as perpetrator, victim, bystander or upstander. The film is currently rated R by the MPAA, due to language that the bullies hurl at their targets. 

How ironic that the bullies get to determine who sees the documentary.

Of course, parents can still take their kids or consent to let schools show the film, but an R-rating may provoke an automatic “no” in some households, with parents misunderstanding how the language in question is used, and to what educational end.

Without having seen the film, I do agree that it makes sense developmentally for kids to have real conversations about social aggression, passivity and outright bullying much earlier than the end of high school.

If you’ve seen the film or just believe on principle that the rating should be PG-13, you can sign this petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/mpaa-dont-let-the-bullies-win-give-bully-a-pg-13-instead-of-an-r-rating?utm_medium=email&utm_source=action_alert, started by Katy Butler, a teen anti-bullying activist who, after being bullied herself when she was 12, went on to lobby for changes to the proposed “Matt’s Safe School Law” (see 01/04/12 post).

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: