Stephen King book gets kicked out of high school

  • Article by: Editorial , Los Angeles Times
  • Updated: October 30, 2012 - 1:09 PM

His collection of non-horror novellas was briefly banned at California school.

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gimbelOct. 30, 12 3:08 PM

One parent complains about one scene in one story in one book by Stephen King and this committee caves like a wet cardboard box and bans the book. What a bunch of gutless wonders, except for the student who stood up against them.

smeeagain2Oct. 30, 12 3:16 PM

Because banning books is the best way to stop ideas. NOT!

traderbillOct. 30, 12 4:02 PM

Coming from California, not only was book banning common but so was book burning. No, I am not talking about the Nazi's, but whole towns. It was during the Depression and John Steinbeck wrote Grapes of Wrath which was publicly burned in his home town of Salinas, and also Bakersfield where the father of a family member lost his job as Superintendent of Schools for standing up to the mob. Banning books does no fact in many cases it makes them more popular. Who are the committees to believe they know what writing should be valued?

jdlellis1Oct. 30, 12 4:25 PM

1 - This is what we get when the masses [falsely] believe we have a right not to be offended. 2 - Bet these parent(s) would not complain about the magazines sitting on the shelf at Barnes & Noble or at grocery store check out counters (e.g., Cosmopolitan, Glamour, etc.) where explicit sexual material is prevalent.

steavis61067Oct. 30, 12 4:56 PM

It's school, not a public library or Barnes and Nobles as on poster put it, erroroneously changing the context. Personally I like the book but I don't want my kids reading it until they're older.

choochoo12Oct. 30, 12 5:35 PM

Stephen King's books should be banned because they are awful.

ciamanOct. 31, 12 2:58 PM

How many books have been banned in history? The Catcher in the Rye, Peyton Place and Tom Sawyer and many others. After time runs by, then most of those books are lauded to and printed again and many people buy them for how well they were written. And how much people have learned. Stephen King is the most prolific writer of our times. And he has raised the reading level due to his use of big words. I would think that the kids have gained much on that and many adults too. I have read every book he has ever written and I would love to meet him. Censorship is never the answer for any reason, people.

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