Local teens hope R rating won't keep anti-bullying movie out of local schools

Nick Longo hopes the new documentary "Bully" will be shown at to his classmates at West Genesee High School in Camillus and other schools in the area. Longo is a co-founder of the anti-bullying group "Stop the Hate - Spread the Hope". After Longo saw clips from the film online, he thought it could help kids, teacher and parents better understand the problem of bullying.

"Once people start seeing that and start talking about it. That's when people are going to want to stand up and say this is wrong - let's put an end to it," said Longo.

"Bully" received an R rating from the MPAA for foul language. Filmmakers appealed the decision, but fell one vote short of having the rating reduced to a PG-13. The R rating could prevent the film from being shown in schools. Both Longo and the film's director believe the R rating would keep the film away from those who need to see it most.

"I think the only way they can see it is for high school teachers to have parents sign permission slips and that's just un-needed," said Longo.

More than 110,000 people have signed an online petition to have the rating changed to a PG-13. Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein will release the film and has said the Weinstein Companymay take a leave of absence from the MPAA over the issue.

Nick Longo thinks the film could change how people perceive bullying - and should be left the way it is.

"This is the truth about it. These are the things that happen. Let's show it to people because people need to see. People need to be informed of what's really going on," said Longo.

"Bully" is scheduled to be released on March 20th.