South Dakota Middle Schools Pull Graphic Novel
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Book editor Ariel Schrag told SLJ that he understands that parents have the right to decide what their kids read.
"But my intent in editing this book was to help children who might be experiencing some of the things the characters in the book experience-bullying, rejection, acne, depression, etc.-feel less alone," says Schrag in a statement. "The goal was also to let kids who aren't experiencing these things, but who might be engaging in some of these negative behaviors (i.e., the bullies) read the book and think about how kids who are dealing with these problems might feel."
Smith says she believes the decision to yank the book was the right one, and that restricting it -- rather than banning it outright -- was best for the community.
"Most of the [stories] were just fine, and there was no problem," Smith tells SLJ. "There were just a few that we wrestled with and had to determine if they were really age appropriate."
Should schools have the right to restrict books or is it just censorship in disguise?
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