Tuesday, August 9, 2011

You can send free copies of Slaughterhouse-Five to Republic High students

Posted By on Tue, Aug 9, 2011 at 6:00 AM

Wesley Scroggins just got 150 kids free copies of the Devils handbook
  • Wesley Scroggins just got 150 kids free copies of the Devil's handbook
Missouri once again made the worst kind of national headlines this July when the story broke that Republic High's school board had banned Kurt Vonnegut's WWII classic Slaughterhouse-Five and Sarah Ockler's novel Twenty Boy Summer because a district parent complained that the material was "biblically contrary."

The added wrinkle, which we can't help but feel that Vonnegut would've found humor in, was that the complaining parent did not have children attending Republic High. The Dickensian-named Wesley Scroggins, a professor of management at Missouri State, home-schooled his children. Ironically, Scroggins may have only ensured that kids with no interest in either novel will now seek them out just to see what all the fuss is about, and the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library is more than happy to help.

Indianapolis-based library is offering to send a free copy of Slaughterhouse-Five to any Republic High School student who requests one. Or at least roughly the first 150 students to ask. Students can request a copy through the library's website. If you love Vonnegut or just hate book bans and want to help, you can make a PayPal donation.

"We think it’s important for everyone to have their First Amendment rights," reads a statement on the ban on the library's website. "We’re not telling you to like the book. … We just want you to read it and decide for yourself. We will not share your request or any of your personal information with anyone else."

Like if your dad is overbearing to the point of dictating policy for institutions and people he has no interaction with? Yeah, there's no reason he has to know about this.

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