You may have heard about the upcoming movie, "Bully," which releases on March 30. Unfortunately, the Motion Picture Association of America has rated it "R" due to language in the film, which means many students who need to see the movie won't be able to see it.
Lee Hirsch, "Bully" director, says, "I made 'Bully' for everyone to see, kids who are bullied, who bully and the vast majority who are witnesses. Those kids can make change by speaking up, becoming upstanders instead of bystanders. We have to change hearts and minds in order to stop this epidemic, which affects more than 13 million young lives a year in our country. The stark realities of bullying are that kids say terrible things to each other, and kids in junior and senior high school use profanity. It is devastating that the MPAA, in adhering to a strict limit on certain words, would prevent this film from being seen by those who need its message the most."
Katy Butler, a high school student from Ann Arbor, Mich., is taking a stand. She has launched an online petition urging the MPAA to reconsider its rating. In under 24 hours, more than 100,000 people had signed on. ASCA encourages its members to sign the petition and encourage their students and school staff to do the same.