I’m glad I came across this bit of news because I had no idea what to blog about tonight. Then I found this story link on LetsRun:
For those of you who didn’t click the link or watch the video, here’s what happened:
A 14 year old middle-school student at a middle school in Bedford County, Virginia, checked out the book “Running with the Buffaloes” from the school library. His mom, mistaking it for a cake, picked it up and to her dismay found it was just a book. Hoping that maybe it was a dessert recipe book she picked it up and found the dirtiest word she had ever read right there on the front cover:
She was so offended that her son (who has Asperger’s Syndrome) would be allowed to check out a book from the library which informed him about the benefits of hard work, dedication, and physical fitness that she immediately swallowed it whole and called the school to bitch about it.
Jabba the Hutt the mother is trying to get the book banned from the school library.
FIRST OF ALL- The kid is 14. He’s heard cuss words. Reading the word “Shit” in a book is not going to do any harm. If a bad word hurts him, well I’m sorry but he’s probably not very ready for high school.
SECOND- I would be willing to bet there are over 100 books in that library with far worse words (well, if their library is worth a damn). A library containing absolutely no books with cusswords would contain probably VERY FEW works of literary merit. Maybe this is why the youth of our nation are complete fucking idiots. How do you expect a kid to read important works such as 1984, A Clockwork Orange, Tropic of Cancer, Catcher in the Rye (arguably important as a coming of age novel, but I digress), ect. ect. if they have never read a book with a “naughty” word in it before they get to high school? Even Huckleberry Finn has the racial slur “nigger” in it well over 50 times and that has been named one of the most important works of American Literature (sorry I’m not censoring any words, because that would defeat the purpose of this blog.)
This lady should be thankful her son is reading an inspirational novel about running while in middle school rather than becoming a goth, drug addict, mormon, or worst of all a “teen werewolf” (yes, it exists..god dammit..)