Teenager censors school library

Filed under: Teens, Relatives, Day Care & Education, That's Entertainment

I think it's great when kids check books out of the library. It gives them a chance to explore new genres of literature to which they might not otherwise be exposed. Apparently, that's exactly what happened to fifteen-year-old Lysa Harding of Brookwood, Alabama. She checked out the novel "Sandpiper" by Ellen Wittlinger and found it was not to her liking. Instead of returning it and selecting a different book, however, she and her grandmother decided to keep it.

The novel's protagonist is a teenage girl who is known to offer oral sex but wants to find a way to change her reputation. "While heavy on message and mature in subject matter, the novel is notable for the bold look it takes at relationships and at the myth that oral sex is not really sex," writes Susan W. Hunter a teacher in Vermont. Lysa Harding feels it's inappropriate and has thus decided to save her fellow students from making the same mistake she did in checking it out.

"This book is sick," said Pam Pennington, the girl's grandmother. "I'm 50 years old, and I've raised 11 sets of kids and been through many a library, and I've never seen a book like this in a school library before." Because our culture hasn't changed one iota in the last fifty years and even if it did, schools certainly shouldn't change to reflect that!

Meanwhile, Lysa is equally horrified. "I honestly believe that it should not be at school, because at my school they teach abstinence and no sex before marriage, but then all the book is teaching is how to do those things," she said. I wonder if she actually read the book all the way through or if she just got so caught up in the naughty bits that she couldn't think of anything else?

The school library, on the other hand, says that Lysa will not be allowed to check out another book until Sandpiper is returned and will assess late fees and a $25 charge to replace the book if it's not returned. Lysa may think she's doing the right thing, but just wait until someone tries to ban a book she likes. Further, all she's really done is generate a whole lot more interest in the book and probably spurred a lot of kids to read it who wouldn't have otherwise. So, I suppose that some good came of this after all.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.