For those of you following the book banning controversy that was recently brought to light in the Springfield News-leader (MO), there was another article published this morning.
You can read the article in its entirety by CLICKING HERE.
Entitled "Republic School Book Choices Under Fire," this article includes quotes from authors Sarah Ockler and Laurie Halse Anderson, both of whom have a book that is being challenged (Twenty Boy Summer and Speak, respectively).
For those of you who don't get the Springfield News-Leader, here is a caption (quoted) that was included along with the article in the print version, but not online.
"The Springfield-Greene County Library District says there is high interest in the books under review. All are checked out and there are holds, meaning library patrons have requested a copy when it becomes available.-Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Two copies in book for with a total of seven holds. CD, cassette and DVD forms are also checked out.-Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler. There are 20 copies and a total of five holds.-Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. There are three copies and a total of 10 holds."
Some interesting quotes from the article:
"He (Scroggins) raised his issues and we met. We very much have paid attention to him, we just don't agree on some issues." --Vern Minor, Republic Superintendent
"Both authors took offense to any suggestion that a rape scene is pornographic. Scroggins said that wasn't his comment. "I never said rape was pornographic or in any way sexually explicit," he said."
Scroggins' original "soft pornography" comment:
"In high school English classes, children are required to read and view material that should be classified as soft pornography. One such book is called Speak. "
My ThoughtsFirst of all, I'm happy to say that Scroggins' article has DEFINITELY sparked interest in these books in our community. Did you see those library statistics? EVERY. SINGLE. COPY. is checked out, and there are multiple holds! At least it seems like our community members are getting involved!
As far as Scroggins' comment that he "never said rape was pornographic," I think it's pretty obvious that he DID (or at least made the heavy implication that it was). I'll let you make your own decision. You can take a look at his original comment above.