ANNAPOLIS, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Gov. Martin O’Malley and first lady Katie O’Malley will be attending the premiere screening of the film “Bully.”

The screening on Thursday night will be followed by a town hall discussion on the effects of bullying in Maryland’s schools and communities.

The film directed by Lee Hirsch is a documentary that follows around five kids over the course of a school year, examining the brutal reality of bullying.

Acting Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students David Esquith is scheduled to attend the premier, as well as bullying expert Rosalind Wiseman, students, parents and educators.

Every year, the first lady partners with the Maryland State Department of Education to declare Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week in May to encourage schools across the state to engage students to stress non-tolerance toward bullying.

There was concern that “Bully” would never reach its target audience of children because of an initial R rating for language from the Motion Picture Association of America. The director did not want to alter to the film for the sake of bringing in a younger audience because he felt it would take away from painful reality of bullying.

The Weinstein Co. said Thursday an edited version of the movie with the removal of an expletive three times will be released across the U.S. on Friday, April 13 with a PG-13 rating.

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