It’s a movie some say everyone should see. While others say unfit language makes it more suited for adults. A new documentary called “Bully” has been drumming up lots of controversy across the country.
The Motion Picture Association of America has given it an “R” rating. But its distributer is going to roll it out unrated, leaving it up to individual theatres to decide to let in.
“Bully” is opening in select theatres this weekend. It’s expected to be in D-FW by the end of the month.
Ethan Barnhart says, from the previews he’s viewed, there are scene in the film he can relate too.
“I felt broken and there were times that I had these dark thoughts of suicide,” said Operation Purple Anti-Bullying Founder Ethan Barnhart.
Barnhart, an 18 year-old Keller High student, says he was often bullied for a learning disability.
“It was just horrifying to be in an environment where kids were making fun of me,” said Barnhart.
Barnhart overcame and created Operation Purple. It's an anti-bullying forum through Facebook, calls and texts which allows people to reach out to one another and share stories.
Barnhart plans to see “Bully” as soon as it opens. He think thinks it something students of all ages should see.
“I think it`s good for other people to see, because they can see other people, their experience of how they were bullied and how they overcome it,” said Barnhart.
Missy Wall, director of the Teen CONTACT Crisis Line in Dallas, signed an online petition to lower the film's rating.
“Really you're wanting to get a lot of this information to the younger ages, which is why it`s a real detriment that it`s rate “R”, “said Teen CONTACT Program Director Missy Wall.
Wall says bullying in our schools and communities is getting worse.
She says it's pushed up suicide rates. Wall says in Texas, suicide is now the second leading cause of death from those ages 15 to 19.
“Obviously, the Dallas area is very interested in this film to hope that maybe this will be a preventative mechanism that schools can use,” she said.
Barnhart found inspiration through Lady Gaga’s messages.
“She taught me to be who you are and stand up for what you believe in, even if it means standing alone,” he said.
He thinks the one delivered through the movie will do the same.
“This movie coming out it`s going do a positive impact on people, as a it becomes more out there,” said Barnhart.
Wall thinks theatres should be mindful of who they let in. She thinks younger students should see it with a parent and discuss it afterwards. She says it would need a PG-13 rating to be shown in schools.