A handful of parents protested an author's speaking engagement for her book with an anti-bullying message. Their complaint was language based - specifically, they have issue with the bullies in the book using the same language the bullies in their schools use when addressing their children. Added bonus, this is in a MN school district that had such a huge problem with turning a blind eye to bullying last year, it led to a federal civil rights investigation. Of course, one board member was so outraged that the district agreed to a settlement which involved an anti-bullying program, they resigned, so it stands to reason that a portion of the community will insist on sweeping the entire issue under the rug.
Other components of the book include an abused, impoverished teen pro-actively seeking help to get out of the situation, two teens making the informed decision to NOT have sex, and teens standing up to bullies, which to the Parents Action League equates to dirty nasty things you shouldn't mention in front of teenagers. They are demanding all 70 copies of the book be removed from the school and library system.
Convenient that they do this during Banned Book Week, over an award winning book that has waitlists in libraries all over the country.
Everyone has the right to screen what their own child or teenager reads. Is there any circumstance where parents should be allowed to insist that books be removed from circulation completely, so other kids can't talk to their kids about them?Answer Question
Answer by charlotsomtimes at 9:38 AM on Sep. 25, 2013
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Answer by okmanders at 2:44 PM on Sep. 25, 2013
Did you read this in today's Omaha World Herald?
If anyone NEEDS to read this book, it's the asshats who canceled the author's appearances. (and who are trying to remove her book from the shelves!)
Answer by MamaK88 at 6:08 PM on Sep. 25, 2013
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