Of Counsel

Legal Notes on Georgia and The South

Book Banning in WV

Posted by Maggie on November 13, 2007

I occasionally post about stupid actions by school administrators and the continual fading of student’s speech rights. This closely ties in to schools that ban books or remove them from reading lists. As a big reader, it’s a subject I’m passionate about, and for those of you who feel the same way, I thought I might pass on the link to this letter written by novelist Pat Conroy, one of our treasured modern Southern writers, after parents in West Virginia tried to ban two of his books. Conroy is extremely fair. His books are violent and tumultuous and deal with difficult issues. But they’re also things that are exceptionally real and that shouldn’t have to be hidden from teenagers.

One Response to “Book Banning in WV”

  1. Lisa said

    Conroy’s letter was a great read. Thanks for linking to it. Of course, as a literature teacher, I particularly enjoyed the flattery thrown in my general direction.

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