What are your opinions of book banning in schools? I am vehemently against it (as you all probably could have guessed). Students should have as much access to different viewpoints as we do. Book banning is done out of fear. The fear of opinions. Let me tell you about an incident that thrust my little island into the spotlight:
Our own John Carlson (Republican Governor candidate, 2000), thought he would take out his right-wing anger on our Middle School Librarian (who I have met, and is the sweetest person you could ever know). The whole controversy started when 15 years ago, this teacher, alarmed by the number of pregnancies at our local HS, ordered two books: Boys and Sex
and Girls and Sex
A parent was upset by these books, sent in parts of it to this radio station. Now I should state here that these books are very graphic, and quite frank, but there are that way to do a job.
Anyway, John started off his program by saying how the teacher REQUIRED 6th graders to read this book. The first falsity of many, as a Librarian can't make anyone read. And of course any calls pointing out his oversight were not put on the air. Next, he described the "pornographic" pictures in the book. Hmmmm, what's the problem? I've looked at every page in that book, and guess what... NO PICTURES! None whatsoever. Lie number 2.
And unfortunately, the only calls Mr. Carlson let on the air were outraged parents and death threats on this poor teacher's life. And it was only out of the goodness of this teacher's life that she didn't sue Johnny, and he better be thankful, because after all the slander, she could have taken every cent he owned.
For two hours the lies went on. John was out for ratings, nothing else, and that is what really gets me. Challenge a book if you really believe in what you are saying, I will still disagree, but at least I will respect you. I have no respect for John.
18 months of debates later, the school board refused to remove the books, and they sit on their shelf, the same way they did 15 years ago. This is the one time you will ever hear me compliment a school board.
Outrageous, yes? And that even isn't the end of it. John was so happy with his ratings, he did it all over again the next day. Disgusting.
Book banning has no place in our society.
Okay, I'm done venting. Thanks for listening!
Dear moderators: No.