Banning books has always been common, sadly. Nowadays, we seem to hear about it almost every day. From banning classics because of explicit language, to banning random books because of things adults find abhorrent. Parents and community members in the Illinois Lemont School District issued complaints about eight books at the high school for being “x-rated”. Now they want them banned.
The books are:
1) The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
2) The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
3) Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
4) A Separate Peace by John Knowles
5) After the First Death by Robert Cormier
6) All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
7) Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
8) I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Various residents, parents, and the principal of the school issued statements in regards to the books, stating how they feel that they are not age appropriate and too graphic for high school students.
One parent said, “I think it was a big, huge wake-up call for parents who are questioning the school’s activities and looking at their actions and not trusting them.”
A resident had a very…impassioned statement: “Regardless of the books, I’m recommending to the board that no literature whatsoever be inclusive of literal metaphorical, figurative or allegorical words for male or female genitals. English classes should not be involved in sexuality in literature for our kids. It shouldn’t be in any books. No books.”
In my opinion, banning books is ludicrous. Sheesh. Why not ban racism, sexism, homophobia, and Islamophobia? Kids are taught sex-ed in elementary school. For me, it was in 5th grade, and I’m sure kids…especially high school kids are exposed to a lot more things nowadays – you know the internet and stuff. Reading is a privilege and so is diversity of thought and opinion. Banning books solves nothing and if these books are “x-rated” then so are half the shows and commercials that are on TV and the internet.
This call for banning books comes from a school whose mascot is an “Indian”. I think that’s the only thing that needs to be banned.
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