Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Why can't kids get the books they need the MOST?

I just got an email from a blogger and YA novelist named Lee Wind, which illustrates a lot of the challenges we face in the intellectual-freedom fight. In response to the tragic shooting murder of an eighth-grade student at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard, California (see http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-oxnard15feb15,1,1414535.story for details), Lee decided to donate a collection of GLBTQ-themed young adult novels to the school's library.

Here's Lee's blog entry detailing his attempts to donate the books:

http://www.leewind.org:80/2008/05/donating-gay-books-to-junior-high.html

I have nothing to add to Lee's detailed and thoughtful post, other than my support.

Sigh.

7 Comments:

Blogger Lisa Yee said...

The violent loss of Lawrence's life was tragic. And now people are bickering over books?

Perhaps if an understanding of others were raised through these books, it could stop a bullet next time.

9:51 AM  
Blogger SafeLibraries.org said...

"However, she felt that they could NOT accept the donation of the books due to their concern about offending parents of students."

That feeling of hers is ridiculous. Books belong or not in a public school library based on a few things, such as what is described in Board of Education v. Pico. Whether or not parents are offended is not one of the criteria.

For example, one of Brent's books was at the bottom of the pictured pile. That book would not be removed from a public school library under the Pico case, in my opinion.

On another topic, I am glad to see another entry in this blog finally.

9:12 PM  
Anonymous Book Informer said...

Guns don't kill people; gay books kill people.

Common fact.

So I'm glad the school is taking serious measures to prevent these killers from entering the school library.

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Anonymous nick said...

To control the kid's mind. Parents must be advice them.

12:21 AM  
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