Sioux City won’t show bullying film


March 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Students in Sioux City public schools won’t be seeing a documentary on bullying because of the film’s R rating for foul language. The Sioux City Journal says Superintendent Paul Gausman says the district doesn’t show movies with foul language or graphic material, meaning “The Bully Project” won’t be used an educational film. He also says at 94 minutes, the film is too long to show. Parts of the documentary were filmed in a local elementary school, and one of the students featured is a former Sioux City student. The Motion Picture Association of America has voted to uphold the film’s R rating, sparking a backlash from those who believe it will prevent the film from being shown to students to demonstrate the impact of bullying.