The Board of Education, Republic (Missouri) R-III School District, removed Kurt Vonnegut’s acclaimed anti-war novel Slaughterhouse-Five and Sarah Ockler’s Twenty Boy Summer from the shelves of the local high school library in July 2011. In September 2011, the board modified the ban by placing the books in a “secure” location in the library. Students can now access these works only if their parents come to the library and check the books out for them.
Joan Bertin, the National Coalition Against Censorship Executive Director, stated in September 2011, “In their ridiculous notion of a ‘compromise’, a 17 year-old will have to bring in Mom or Dad to check out books of inarguable artistic and educational merit. The board also continues to override the judgment of dedicated and experienced teachers by banning the works from required reading lists in the classroom.”
As long as barriers to student access exist, the ban remains in place. Stand up for the freedom of these students to read by signing this petition to ask the board to return the aforementioned works to the regular collection of the library and to allow them to be checked out by students rather than their parents.
Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library started this petition with a single signature, and now has 75 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.