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Schools get a lesson from "Bully"

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

It's a movie that carries a powerful message. The move "Bully" opened Friday in Cedar Falls. It's a documentary that shows real-life, emotional footage of children who are the victims of bullying, including two who committed suicide.

The movie opened in limited release at the end of March. It has slowly been showing up in theaters around Iowa and it has finally come to the Cedar Valley. The movie premiered in Cedar Falls at the Marcus College Square Theater.

It isn't a blockbuster, but it carries a very important message about tolerance and accepting others.

Area schools have been given a number of tickets provided by the University of Northern Iowa. The Cedar Falls School District was given 250 tickets and handed them out to students. To prevent bullying, Cedar Falls has two groups that incorporate leadership and violence prevention.

School counselors say the movie will be very useful teaching tool.

"I think it's an issue across all of the district and across the entire United States of America, but is it a major issue here in Cedar Falls? No. Like you said it's a lot more in the media and more information about it," said Cedar Falls School Counselor, Josh Carnelley.

The movie was originally given an "R" rating, but after some editing the movies was given a "PG-13" so that younger students could attend.

The Waterloo School District received 1200 tickets to give students. We've also been told several classes will watch the movie together and discuss the film afterwards.

This coming Tuesday the director of the film, Lee Hirsch, will be taking part in a panel discussion about bullying on the University of Northern Iowa campus. Local experts will also take part.
There will also be a Q & A session with the director after the film's 7:15 p.m. showing in Cedar Falls Tuesday.

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