Missouri School District Bans Books: Slaughterhouse 5, Twenty Boy Summer

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Too hot for Republic P.S.D.!
Last year Daily RFT told you about Missouri State professor Wesley Scroggins and his effort to ban three books from his children's school district that he found offensive and contrary to the teachings of the Bible.

Yesterday the Springfield News-Leader reported that Scroggins accomplished two of his three goals, getting the Republic school district in southwest Missouri to remove from its libraries Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five and Sarah Ockler's Twenty Boy Summer.

District superintendent Vern Minor tells the Springfield daily that the board applied existing policy and the rating systems for music, TV and video games in determining the merits of the books.

In so doing the school board found Vonnegut's World War II classic to be more appropriate for college-aged students because of its foul language and crude scenes. Ockler's Twenty Boy Summer, about a girl's plan to meet said number of boys in the hopes of coming to grips with the death of her boyfriend, was seen as "sensationalizing sexual promiscuity." Also it had scenes of minors drinking. (As we reported last September, Judy Blume and other authors have joined Ockler in fighting the district on the matter.)

The district did, however, reject Scroggin's desire to also ban Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak, which is about a girl overcoming a date rape. The superintendent noted that the book used just one page to "tastefully, not graphically" describe the rape and contained only three instances of profanity in the entire novel.

To which we say, fucking hooray.

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Kjh
Kjh

This appears to be the son of the hillbilly who sought the ban. He seems to enjoy underage drinking and having parties at his house. Nothing wrong with that, necessarily, but maybe Mr. Scroggins should impose his twisted sense of morality at home, first? http://www.facebook.com/chase....

Dom
Dom

Has anyone considered getting a donation/campaign together for the purchasing of 3/500 copies of Slaughterhouse 5 and distributing them to the students of the Republic, MO school district? I would personally donate $50.00 and be among the number standing across the street holding up copies and calling "Hey, kids- look what Scroggins doesn't want you to read!" 

JoyGrenade
JoyGrenade

Such a campaign would operate under the assumption that those kids wanted to read in the first place.

JoyGrenade
JoyGrenade

Stephen King said it well: "I would just say to you as students who are supposed to be learning, that as soon as that book is gone from the library, do not walk — run to your nearest public library or bookseller and find out what your elders don't want you to know, because that's what you need to know! Don't let them bullshit you and don't let them guide your mind, because once it starts, it never stops."

Krystal A Stevenson
Krystal A Stevenson

this is so sad.  Whatever happened to separation of church and state.  Next he'll be changing the science curriculum and history books.  

Megan S
Megan S

Preventing students from learning about drugs, sex, and violence is not keeping them uninterested in dangerous situations. What would give these students knowledge of the right choices to make is the truth! These conservative people are taking away what every student should learn about everyday influences. If they tried a different approach, such as giving the truth about consequences of sex and drugs, they may see a difference in the choices young people are making!

Peggy Keller
Peggy Keller

Welp, that should certainly help the sales of those books and the public library should order extra copies. Can't think of anything that would make a book more appealing to a teenager than someone banning it because it wasn't "biblical" enough.

jinx
jinx

A professor of human resources management.

jdub
jdub

A professor banning books?  Nice work douchebag.  Our kids don't read enough as it is, and are often not prepared to tackle college level courses.  Hell, a lot of them aren't prepared to handle normal social interaction with just a watered down high school diploma.  I say let the kids read what they want and just maybe they could decide for themselves what their values and beliefs should be through cognitive thought and interaction with peers.  Why do we continue to bury our childrens heads in the sand and tell them that Jesus will save and provide for them when all evidence points to that being complete bullshit?   Oh ya, you refuse to read any of that evidence. 

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