(Reuters) – Up to 150 students at a Missouri high school that ordered “Slaughterhouse-Five” pulled from its library shelves can get a free copy of the novel, courtesy of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, library officials said on Thursday.
The Republic School Board had order Mr. Vonnegut’s novel and Sarah Ockler’s “Twenty Boy Summer” removed from the schools libraries and from curriculum at its April 18th meeting in response to a complaint by local resident Wesley Scroggins calling on the district to stop using textbooks and other materials, “that create false conceptions of American history and government or that teach principles contrary to Biblical morality and truth.”
“All of these students will be eligible to vote and some may be protecting our country through military service in the next year or two,” Julia Whitehead, the executive director of the Vonnegut library in Indianapolis, said in a statement.
“It is shocking and unfortunate that those young adults and citizens would not be considered mature enough to handle the important topics raised by Kurt Vonnegut, a decorated war veteran. Everyone can learn something from his book.”
And so it goes.
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