What they’re doing is making books available to students only if parents or guardians physically come to the school library to check out the books. The books are otherwise being held in a “secure location” within the library, where students cannot access them. These barriers are tantamount to the banning of books and are clearly inconsistent with our democratic freedoms and the free flow of ideas represented by the First Amendment. How do we expect our children to grow up to be inquisitive, educated, participating citizens if we set up such barriers to accessing classic American literature, such as Slaughterhouse Five?
— Julia Whitehead, executive director of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, on Republic High School’s decision to keep Slaughterhouse Five and Twenty Book Summer in a ‘secure location’ in the library.
Melissa Duvall, the only board member to have read all three books proposed to be banned, said the school board’s vote was more about policy and less a criticism of the books in question.
More on Republic High School’s banning of Slaughterhouse-Five and Twenty Boy Summer: Impressively*, only one of the school board members had actually read the book. Well, I should say: One of the FOUR SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS WHO WAS ACTUALLY THERE FOR THE VOTE.