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Change "Bully" from an R to PG 13 Rating

Sign a petition that will change a documentary's rating so that middle school-aged kids can watch and learn from the film.

In logging into my email this morning I had received one from a friend of mine that I work with for non-profit fundraisers on Long Island. He reached out to me to help spread the word because he knows how much i care about people and how bad things affect them.  I would like you to take the time to read this and sign the petition that will change the new movie documentary "BULLY" from an R rating to a PG rating so that our middle school-aged kids can watch this as well and take away a learning lesson from it.

Why This Is Important

I’m speaking out for all those students who suffer every day at school.

When I was in 7th grade, a few guys came up behind me while putting my books in my locker. They called me names and asked me why I even bothered to show my face at school because no one liked me. I ignored them because I was scared of what else they might say and who else they might tell if I stood up to them. When I went to shut my locker, they pushed me against the wall. Then they slammed my locker shut on my hand, breaking my fourth finger. I held back tears while I watched them run away laughing. I didn’t know what to do so I stood there, alone and afraid.

I just heard that the Motion Picture Association of America has given an “R” rating to “Bully” -- a new film coming out soon that documents the epidemic of bullying in American schools. Because of the R rating, most kids won’t get to see this film. No one under 17 will be allowed to see the movie, and the film won’t be allowed to be screened in American middle schools or high schools.

I can’t believe the MPAA is blocking millions of teenagers from seeing a movie that could change -- and, in some cases, save -- their lives. According to the film’s website, over 13 million kids will be bullied this year alone. Think of how many of these kids could benefit from seeing this film, especially if it is shown in schools?

If enough people speak out and ask the MPAA to give Bully a PG-13 rating, maybe we can get them to change their minds. Will you sign my petition to the MPAA asking for a PG-13 rating instead of an R?

From what I understand, the MPAA ruled by ONE vote that Bully deserves an R-rating because of “language,” robbing many teenagers of the chance to view a film that could change their lives, and help reduce violence in schools. This makes me really mad. It means that a film documenting the abuse that millions of kids experience through bullying won’t be seen by the audience that needs to see it the most: middle school students and high school students.

Please sign my petition and demand that the MPAA give “Bully” a PG-13 so this important film can be seen by as many kids and adults as possible.

Thanks! 
Katy Butler, Michigan high school student

P.S.: You can learn more about the movie on Facebook and Twitter.

Trailer for "BULLY" http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rjjeHeAzZZM

Sign the petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/mpaa-dont-let-the-bullies-win-give-bully-a-pg-13-instead-of-an-r-rating?utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=share_with_facebook_friends#

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Gramps Pupany March 04, 2012 at 04:03 PM
I hope everyone signs this petition. Then go home and smack your kid upside the head if he/she is a bully. Only parents teach kids such behavior and it is up to them to reverse these trends or they could be their child's next victim.

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