Saturday, October 21, 2006
ANOTHER Censorship Rant
Tell me this isn't insane: a parent objected to their child's school providing access to free local newspapers to any student that wanted one. That's right: to the list of items parents object to -- Harry Potter, The Wizard Of Oz, The Chocolate Wars and countless more -- you can now add newspapers. A parent complained, saying that the stories of "sex, death and general mayhem" (general mayhem?) in newspapers were inappropriate for their 7 year old child. The school quite reaonably offered to restrict the newspapers and not allow their kid to pick one up. Nope, said the parent. Not only did they not want their kid to read a newspaper, they didn't want anyone else's kid to read a newspaper either. "It's like leaving a loaded gun on the table," said the parent. That's right, a newspaper is like a loaded gun. Personally, I'd give CANDY to any 7 year old kid who showed an interest in reading a newspaper. But instead of telling the parent to take a hike, the school pulled the newspaper completely.