Sometimes I think, "man, what a great place to live. . . people leave you alone and let you do what you want as long as you don't bother them." Then I read something like this:
October 09, 2007
Kanawha Board of Education considers book ban
Nitro High School pulled ‘Prince of Tides,’ one other Pat Conroy novel
By Davin White
Kanawha school board members Bill Raglin and Pete Thaw argued Monday against teaching two Pat Conroy books at Nitro High School. The books were suspended after some parents complained, prompting a student protest Friday and heated debate on both sides.
“Why would we press the issue and give [students] books like that?” Thaw asked.
During Monday’s special session, Raglin argued with Judy Gillian, who defended teachers’ rights to introduce controversial books in class and the school board’s policy behind suspending the books.
The Conroy novels “Beach Music” and “The Prince of Tides” were suspended from Steve Shamblin’s Advanced Placement literature class at Nitro. At least two parents complained about the books, citing graphic violence and scenes of sexual assault.
Why does my paradise have to be situated in the middle of a state iinhabited by backwoods slack jawed morons? Actually, this is taking place inside the capital city of West Virginia. These aren't some small group of rural ignorant inbred buffoons. This is the school board located within walking distance of the state capital complex.
Pat Conroy, some of the most fetching and relevant literature of the modern american era is being banned from an "Advanced Placement" high school literature class. This is so sickening it requires very little commentary.
I guess that's why I prefer the company of my farm animals.