Ohio School District Has Teens Watch 'Bully' Film

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

About 9,000 Cincinnati Public School students are seeing an anti-bullying documentary that stirred debate over its initial rating restricting children under 17 from seeing it without an adult.

The district intends to use the film, which has since been lowered to a PG-13 rating, as a teaching tool to help prevent bullying. The film, "Bully," follows five kids over a school year in an attempt to demonstrate the toll bullying takes on children and families.

"There is emotional content, and there has been crying by some students viewing the film," school district spokeswoman Janet Walsh said Monday. "Overall the reaction we have received has been extremely positive, and students have left the theater with a new or renewed commitment to taking a stand against bullying."

She said school counselors were alerted to the content, in case any students affected by the emotional content needed to follow up with them. But she said that has not been necessary so far.

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