FORT WORTH — The City of Fort Worth announced Monday that more than 1,200 Fort Worth ISD middle school students would see the movie "Bully."
But at the last minute, the school district changed its mind.
The film has been celebrated for honestly portraying a painful life for bullied students, but the movie's rating has been hotly debated.
It was initially rated R because of profane language. A slightly edited version was given a PG-13 rating.
Students and staff at Stripling Middle School were looking forward to seeing the movie on Wednesday and hearing its message of tolerance. Kids would not be about to attend without parental approval.
Principal Keri Flores planned to send 100 of her sixth-grade students. "I hope it starts conversations regarding what's okay, what's not okay, and how we treat people," she said. "Our interactions with each other."
But 10 minutes after that interview, Flores emerged with a message from district administrators saying the field trip is off.
Despite its official PG-13 rating, no student will be allowed to attend until a committee from the district reviews the film first.
A Fort Worth ISD spokesperson said it mistakenly posted a news release about the event and quickly took it down.
Another news release issued by the City of Fort Worth — which included the FWISD logo — had not been cleared with the district.
Kids like Jacky Aleman were hastily informed just before school let out. "It's just messed up that they told us and got us all excited about it, and now we are not going to see it," he said. "It's not right."
The district said the central issue now is to make sure parents understand that it is possible some 12-year-old sixth-graders may see a PG-13 movie.