St. Louis (KSDK) -- A local mom is joining a national fight against bullying and joining with thousands of others who are in support of 'Bully', a documentary, that exposes the truth about bullying.
The film by The Weinstein Company is real, but the question remains, is it too real? It is rated R for language, a rating that could limit the number of kids who are able to see it.
'Bully' is a documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America. A Michigan teen started an online movement to get the rating changed to PG-13, which is also the intention of the filmmakers. So far, 288,000 people have signed her petition on the Internet in hopes the Rating Board will change its mind.
According to the Rating Board, 'Bully' is assigned an R rating for quote "some language." They say an R rating does not mean children cannot see the film. Parents can decide if it is appropriate for their child and school districts handle showing movies on a case-by-case basis.
The filmmakers say they did appeal the R rating but lost by one vote.
A local mom is joining the fight to get the rating changed. She's one of many parents who have signed the petition. She says her 9 year old daughter is bullied.
"I think that all kids need to see this as well as all school administration," said Julie. "There's footage in there that shows principals saying it's not that bad. But the camera's got the raw footage of what's going on that the principals aren't seeing on the busses and behind the scenes."
NewsChannel 5 asked the Rating Board if a petition would ever change its mind. Here's part of a statement Joan Groaves the head of the Ratings Board sent NewsChannel 5 in an email:
"The Rating Board has assigned 'Bully' an R-rating for 'some language,' not as an indicator of the quality of the film, but in order to provide parents with adequate information on the level of content contained in the film."
NewsChannel 5 asked the filmmakers if they would consider editing bad language out. Here's part of a response sent via email from 'Bully' director Lee Hirsch:
"To capture the stark reality of bullying, we had to capture the way kids act and speak in their everyday lives- and the fact is that kids use profanity."
Bully will be released in New York and Los Angeles on March 30th and April 13th in other cities.
Click on the trailer below to watch it: