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September 26, 2005

Florida school requires sexually explicit reading

From Agape Press...

Some required reading at a Florida high school has come under scrutiny from parents who say the material is pornographic.

Students in the International Baccalaureate Program at De Land High School are being asked to read a book called Cracking India, a novel by Bapsi Sidwha. The story is told by a little girl who grows from age four to eight during her narrative and who, at one point in the story, is involved in oral sex with her older male cousin.

When parent Vicki Reed objected to the book and asked that her daughter be given an alternate reading assignment, she was initially denied. However, school administrators finally granted the mother's request. She says some in her school community have misunderstood her motivations.

"There's criticism that says I'm trying to be a book banner, or trying to decide everybody else's moral beliefs, and that's not in fact true," Reed says. "I do believe, though, that this material contains information that is way too graphic and way too, in my mind, pornographic for children under 18 -- period."

Isn't it interesting how forcing a person to read obscene material isn't considered forcing your morality on them—but refusing to read it, somehow is considered forcing your morality on others? Orwell was quite the prophet, wasn't he.

Posted by Danny Carlton at September 26, 2005 07:30 AM

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Same thing happend to me when I was in JHS.
It almost did not go very well.

Posted by: Abbie Gonzalez at September 26, 2005 11:24 PM

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