According to reports in the Journal & Courier Online, the Delphi Community School Board voted 5 to 1 to keep three challenged books, including CHINESE HANDCUFFS in the curriculum and library at Delphi Community High School. We'd like to congratulate the board members for their commitment to educating their students with the discussion of powerful literature.
From the Journal & Courier coverate:
Junior Justin Forster asked that the books be kept. He said worse things are discussed in school halls. Foster said reading "Chinese Handcuffs" was hard, but that it was important to expose him to things that happen outside the "bubble" of Delphi.
"It was pretty intense," he said, "But I'm glad we read it because of the discussion we had."
Classmate Nick Stacy agreed that he is more mature after reading that book.
"The book goes in depth about the material like rape and abuse and the meaning behind it," Stacy said. "It's taboo today, but the book really taught you, not only does that stuff happen, but there are consequences."
THE BLUEST EYES by Toni Morrison and IN COUNTRY by Bobbie Ann Mason were the other two challenged titles. Many thanks to English department chairwoman Pat Brettnacher, firstname.lastname@example.org, for standing strong against the proposed ban.