Today we're talking about bullying.
(My friends Sarah and Samantha have recently blogged about this also, but I feel that with a topic this important, the more that the word spreads, the better.)
This is what's happening in a nutshell.... A film that documents the epidemic of bullying in schools has been made, it's called Bully. Unfortunately, due to language the Motion Picture Association of America has given the film an 'R' rating. That 'R' rating means that children under the age of 17 will not be able to see the film. This also means that Bully will not be able to be shown to students at schools across America where it has the potential to have a large impact in helping students.
There is currently a petition to give Bully a PG-13 rating, if the MPAA accepts it and changes it's rating, Bully has the potential to do some real good.
Bullying isn't just about a few bad days at school, it can have a lasting effect on some one's life. If you think of school as preparation for college and future, what happens if a child or teenager doesn't want to go to school, because every day that they go, they are tormented, made fun of, laughed at, and ridiculed. What type of effect is that going to have on their grades? Their chances of getting into college? According to the bully project, three million students are absent from school each month, because they don't want to go to class and face their tormentors. That doesn't bode well for their future does it?
I was bullied for years. Most people don't know this because it's not something I talk about, but I was. In sixth grade I left private school and started at public school and I was bullied, made fun of everyday because I was ugly. I didn't have any friends and everyday I ate lunch with my teacher. Now I loved Mrs. Post, but children should be out playing with other children, not inside eating lunch with their 50 year old teacher (although it could explain why I've always gotten along better with people that are much older than me).
And then the next year when I moved to Texas, I was bullied some more, but I started to defend myself by adopting a tough New York attitude and was then mostly left alone. It wasn't really until high school when the bullying stopped. And thank heavens, because I honestly don't know if I would have been able to handle it, what would have happened to me, and how very different my life could have turned out.
So please, take a moment and sign the petition.