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I was bullied as a teen. As an adult, I’ve come to realize almost everyone has been bullied as a child, so of course, now I feel more “normal”. But at the time, I was terrified. The girls who tormented me rode on my bus and would incessantly scream obscenities at me. When I walked off the bus, they would throw things out the window, spit at me, and call me horrible names (some of which I didn’t even know the meaning). I was pushed and shoved and made to feel worthless.

The movie “Bully” seeks to shed light on the behavior of mean boys and girls and start a meaningful dialogue between students, teachers and parents affected by bullying. However, the Motion Picture Association of America recently rated the movie “R” so it may not be screened in schools, the one place it could really make a difference.

Like Seth Myers and Amy Poehler, I want to ask, “Really?!?”

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjjeHeAzZZM%5D

Please watch the trailer and then sign a change.org petition by teenager Katy Butler asking the MPAA to give “Bully” a PG-13 rating. The rating was given for language—but this is the language of the bully, and to censor it would lessen the impact of the message.

As a footnote, I recently learned that the girl who led the bullying against me has been in jail for years. Karma? No. I think she needed more help than I did. Let’s remember that the bullies may be going through difficult times at home and their anger is an outlet and a call for help.

Thanks so much for reading.

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