February 29, 2012
'Bully' Deserves PG-13 Rating to Ensure Film Reaches Parents and Students Across the Country
AFT's Weingarten: "Films like Lee Hirsch's 'Bully' are critical in illustrating to students the painful consequences of bullying on their classmates and our communities."
WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement about the R rating given to Lee Hirsch's documentary, "Bully," by the Motion Picture Association of America.
"Bullying by anyone, anywhere, under any circumstances, is hurtful and, as we have seen over the past few years, can be deadly.
"Films like Lee Hirsch's 'Bully' are critical in illustrating to students the painful consequences of bullying on their classmates and our communities. Unfortunately, because of the film's R rating, students will be shut out and discouraged from viewing this film. By giving it a PG-13 rating, the MPAA can take a stand against bullying and ensure this powerful film reaches children across the country."
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The AFT represents 1.5 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.