D.C. unveils plan to prevent bullying, screens new film 'Bully'
D.C. mayor announces a citywide plan to prevent bullying tied to the new documentary 'Bully.' The movie was downgraded from an R to a PG-13 rating to make it more accessible for its target audience: children.
The mayor plans to announce a four-step plan Wednesday evening ahead of a scheduled private screening of the new documentary "Bully."
The steps include the formation of a 14-member task force, including schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Police Chief Cathy Lanier; a new research report; creating a model policy; and holding a forum on bullying for D.C. agencies.
The MPAA declined to change the rating when The Weinstein Co. appealed. The company released the film March 30 in limited release without a rating.
"Bully," directed by Lee Hirsch, is an examination of school bullying that follows five kids over the course of a school year.
The Weinstein Co. said three uses of an expletive were removed to earn the PG-13 rating.