- One problem partially fixed, two more serious allegations to go!
After news leaked earlier this summer that the Republic School District near Springfield, Missouri, had banned Slaughterhouse-Five
by Kurt Vonnegut and Twenty Boy Summer
by Sarah Ockler, a lot of free-speech types got pissed. The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in Indianapolis went as far as making 150 copies of his classic available for free to Republic students.
Now the school board realized its folly in banning two books based on nothing more than the suggestion of Republic resident Wesley Scroggins (whose children are home-schooled). In a meeting Monday night, the board voted 6-0 to un-ban the novels. Well, for the most part anyway.
The books will now be locked in a secure section of school libraries, and students will need to bring their parents in to actually check them out.
If only there were some kind of half-assed fix to the allegations against the district that employees abused a special education student and made a rape victim apologize to her accused attacker.