Operation Purple: Keller Teen Creates Group for Anti-Bullying Forum

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KELLER -- It's a movie some say everyone should see, while others say its unfit language makes it more suited for adults.

A new documentary called Bully has been drumming up lots of controversy across the country; the Motion Picture Association of America has given it an R rating.

But the distributor is going to roll it out unrated, leaving it up to individual theaters to decide who they let in.

"I felt broken and there were times that I had these dark thoughts of suicide," Operation Purple Anti-Bullying founder Ethan Barnhart said. The 18 year-old Keller High student says he was often bullied for having a learning disability. It was just horrifying to be in an environment where kids were making fun of me."

Ethan overcame the experience and created Operation Purple.

It's an anti bullying forum through Facebook, calls, and texts that allows people to reach out to one another and share stories.

Ethan plans to see the new movie Bully as soon as it opens. He think thinks it something students of all ages should see.

"I think it's good for other people to see, because they can see other people, their experience of how they were bullied, and how they overcome it," he said.

Missy Wall, director of the Teen CONTACT Crisis Line in Dallas, signed an online petition to lower the film's rating. "Really, you're wanting to get a lot of this information to the younger ages, which is why it's a real detriment that it's rate R," Wall said.

And Wall says bullying is getting worse and pushing up suicide rates. She says in Texas, suicide is now the second leading cause of death from those ages 15 to 19. "Obviously, the Dallas area is very interested in this film to hope that maybe this will be a preventative mechanism that schools can use," she said.


Ethan found inspiration through Lady Gaga 's messages. "She taught me to be who you are and stand up for what you believe in, even if it means standing alone," he said.

He thinks the message delivered through the movie will do the same thing. "This movie coming out it's gonna do a positive impact on people as a it becomes more out there," Ethan said.