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Teen Takes Action to Support Anti-Bullying Documentary

By Sasha Vandekar--Katy Butler, 17, is making a wave in Hollywood. She created a petition (that now has more than 200,000 signatures!) to the Motion Picture Association of America, advocating that an upcoming documentary about bullying be rated PG-13.

This new rating would give teens the ability watch "Bully" without the constrictions of an R rating. The R rating was initially stamped on the movie because of the language used in the film. However, Butler states that those are the kinds of words that bullies use against their victims in schools.

“The language in the movie is what is used in schools. No one goes into school and bleeps out what people say," Butler told the LA Times.

The issue of bullying in the movie brings up difficult memories for Butler. She remembers how she was hassled as a seventh-grader after she identified herself as a lesbian.  A group of male students broke her finger when they slammed her locker door on her hand. As Butler explains: “I think it’s really important that kids who are bullied see this movie. They need to know that they’re not alone.”

Katy Butler should be commended for her hard work and being an advocate for teens who are bullied in schools around the world.

Here's the trailer for "Bully." What do YOU think?

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