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Parents Talk: Will You Encourage Your Child to See the Movie 'Bully'?

In this week's Parents Talk, we ask parents if they'll encourage their children to see the movie "Bully."

There are few things more on topic in schools and with students today than the issue of bullying.

No matter the age, no matter the grade, it's something everyone seems to be talking about.

Take, for instance, the movie "Bully" scheduled to hit theatres across the country this weekend.

"Bully" is a documentary by filmmaker Lee Hirsch that shows the harsh reality of bullying. Five students were filmed for the movie including one former Iowan.

Alex Libby was a seventh-grader at Sioux City East Middle School in Sioux City when the movie was filmed in 2009. It documented Libby's struggle with school yard bullies who sought him out because he had Asperger's Syndrome, a mild form of autism.

Earlier this year, it was announced that the movie would be rated R due to foul language and violence. After lobbying the ratings board, Weinstein Co., the film's producer, agreed to release an edited version with a PG-13 rating.

With the new PG-13 rating, will you encourage your child to see the movie? Had the movie still maintained a R rating, would you have given your child permission and/or accompanied them to the film? Tell us in the comments.

Larissa Wiegman February 07, 2013 at 10:38 AM
Your outlook on life Rick is disturbing to say the least. I wonder if you've given any consideration to the fact that no man is an island and that there will always be someone out there bigger, faster, stronger, meaner than your son... What will he fall back on when he meets that person? Friends? His friendships will be shallow and meaningless if all they are based on is fear and forced popularity. You may find your son feeling hollower than most victims of bullying... what inner strength will that give him should he ever come to self retrospect... I hope for your son's sake he will find out the importance of equality, honour, trust and kindness his own way because it sounds like all you are doing is forcing him to be one of the world's people we can do without.
Ned Ryerson February 07, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Don't feed the trolls!
maxine weimer February 07, 2013 at 06:34 PM
I agree with some of what you are saying Larissa. My son was bullied everyday for a long time. Everyday the poor kid would come home crying after being beaten up by a bully all because he was taught to not fight. Well finally I had had enough and one day I followed them home from school, and sure enough there was the bully picking on my son. So I took my son by the arm and I told him if he didn't kick this kids butt then I was gonna kick his and yep..he did and that kid never picked on him again. I never encouraged my kids to pick a fight but by gosh I also taught them to never walk away from one either. Someone has to teach the bullies a lesson and if they want to start it, its up to the other guy to finish it. That is the only thing a true bully understands and they seem to keep going untill they get their own butt kicked.
maxine weimer February 07, 2013 at 07:12 PM
So my conclusion is to teach your children to not bully other kids, but don't let the bullies get away with bullying either. If a bully is taunting or even hitting your child, having your child stand up to the bully, takes their power away. So a bully can't bully if you don't let him.
Debbie Korver February 07, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Amen Ned - especially ones who aren't who they claim to be. Must have been a rough go for someone in high school.

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