I'm sorry, I know I said I was going on a blogging hiatus but I had to blog about this. If you see a flaming ball of fire somewhere in southwest Missouri, that would be me.
Remember the #Speakloudly campaign? (you can find my original post here.) Mr. Scroggins tried to get three books banned from the Republic MO school district: Speak, Twenty Boy Summer, and Slaughterhouse Five. He succeeded in getting two of the three banned. Republic schools will no longer keep Twenty Boy Summer or Slaughterhouse Five on their shelves. And get this: only 1 out of the 4 board members who voted read the books.
He managed to get two books banned from a school district in which he has no children attending at the moment. I'm at a loss for words so I will let Sarah Ockler take over:
Banned, but never ashamed (she references the article and has a link for it on her blog you can get to from there.)
The superintendent is basically calling his students immature. He believes they aren't old enough to handle the very things they witness in their own lives.
Please never give up the fight to keep books on the shelves. Our world isn't some sparkly wonderful fairytale full of rainbows and unicorns. These problems do exist and if these brave authors that write about them are silenced, our teens who need help the most will be silenced.