Board of Education, Republic (Missouri) R-III School District: End the ban of Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five, Ockler's Twenty Boy Summer
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Board of Education, Republic (Missouri) R-III School District: End the ban of Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five, Ockler's Twenty Boy Summer

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      Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

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.

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    • Sheryn Caldwell THORNTON, CO
      • 12 months ago

      Censorship must be fought at every turn! Our school district is in the process of banning "The Bluest Eye" (Adams 12 colorado if you want to sign our petition)

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    • Bethany Kermick LAMONTE, MO
      • over 1 year ago

      This is important to me because I remember our High School librarian having to fight for her job when the school district wanted to fire her for placing Rolling Stone Magazine on our library shelves. ALL books/periodicals should be allowed in a library.

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    • Carrie Wallinger FLAGSTAFF, AZ
      • over 1 year ago

      Because there is no better way to honor our veterans on veterans day than to make certain that young people know the truth of war. Kurt Vonnegut told this truth better than anyone could in his book, Slaughterhouse Five. Life is not to be whitewashed.

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    • Susan Miller CARMEL, IN
      • almost 2 years ago

      Intellectual freedom is every American's right.

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    • Jen Clifton INDIANAPOLIS, IN
      • almost 2 years ago

      No one has the right to tell me what I can and cannot read.

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