*EDIT* This is Scroggin’s full presentation to the school board. Skip to page 16 for highlighted passages of SPEAK and TWENTY BOY SUMMER.
Sarah Ockler chimes in on her book being targeted as well.
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Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, and people she doesn’t even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that’s not safe. Because there’s something she’s trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth.
Speak is a book that I will always champion for. I think it gives a true look at rape, and is a fantastical learning tool for teenage girls who may find themselves in hard situations. Sexuality is a beast of burden when you are a teen, the pressure from peers and your own hormones make it tough to decide what the right thing is. We know that abstinence training doesn’t work and the only thing that will is for us to educate our teens.
Education always breeds better decisions and Laurie Halse Anderson has always tackled the tough issues. I applaud her and hope that you do as well.
Wesley Scroggins thinks SPEAK is filthy and pornographic. He is calling for this book to be taken out of the curriculum. Slaughterhouse Five has been removed and Twenty Boy Summer is being reviewed by the board. Now SPEAK is the next on the chopping block.
I think what bothers me most is that Scroggins sees rape as pornographic. What part of rape is sensual? What part of rape is fun? Who wants to read about rape to get excited? This man obviously has some sexuality issues to work out and our schools and teachers do not need to suffer for it.
Check out Laurie’s post to see what you can do to help. Give your thoughts on SPEAK on your blog or use the #SpeakLoudly hash tag on Twitter. I leave you with my letter to the editor of the news publication.
I read your opinion piece featuring a call to ban Speak by acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson. As a book blogger and a book seller I was appalled to see that you had no second opinion available for people. Banning books no matter what the subject matter is risky business. When we have no freedoms left to read, to watch, to SPEAK then where are we left? It is up to you as an unbiased news source to solicit a second opinion on this subject.
Halse Anderson is a young adult author that tackles many of the hard issues. The fact that the author of the opinion piece saw the horrifying rape of a teenage girl and her struggle to come to terms with it as “pornographic” is a bit unsettling to me. Since when is rape a porn? Is our society so filthy minded that we cannot see the difference? If our children are not exposed to any truth what will become of them when we are gone?
We need to censor in our own homes, we each know what is appropriate for our own families. By printing a call to ban books you are taking away freedoms of many of your own readers. I for one would be ashamed to print a call to ban any piece of literature.
Pam van Hylckama Vlieg