Thursday, July 2, 2009

Campbell High School Students Rule

Here's yet another story about banned stories; this time, a school is involved and Stephen King, David Sedaris, Laura Lippman, and Ernest Hemingway are on the chopping block. I must say I am not too surprised that these stories have been attacked in the small New Hampsire town of Litchfield...conservatives are probably panicked over the recent decision making their state the sixth to allow gay marriage, and are lashing out at any form of "depravity."

What is most remarkable about this story, however, is not that the literature has been challenged, or that it has been removed from the curriculum, but that the students of Campbell High School (and some open-minded parents) have been fighting for the right to read these pieces. The student-written comments below the news story are thoughtful, logical, and determined. Campbell's berated teachers are doing something right if their students can respond in such a convincing and level-headed way. I applaud the students and the administration of Campbell. Keep fighting.


Dorla Moorehouse said...

Glad to see such articulate students fighting this challenge. And how sad that it's 2009 and we're still having books challenged/banned.

Katie Cappello said...

I agree completely, Dorla!