Monday, February 28, 2011
Indiana District Removes 'Tyrell' From Elementary Schools
So my first question is, why was Tyrell in an elementary school in the first place? It's a YA book, yes? The article says that the librarian was ordering books for Black History Month and it was on the list. Some elementary schools go up to 5th grade, but this is a book geared for high school students. It doesn't seem like a good choice for an elementary school library. That being said, I don't like how the parent handled it. Instead of making a request to the library and the school board to have the book removed, she went to her lawyer who took it right to the media. It seems like the intention was less about having the book removed than it was about making a scene. Then the book was removed without a formal request, which I think was a poor choice on the part of the school board. They should have made the parent file a request like everyone else, and then had their usual process for deciding if it should be removed or not. Now the parent has more ammunition if she wants to go on to public libraries, which is mentioned.