The Hunger Games was challenged this week in New Hampshire by a mother of a student who had nightmares from reading the book and brought the issue in front of the school board. How fitting this incident happened during Banned Books Week.
“Twenty-four children are pitted in a life-or-death struggle with each other. The reason? Entertainment. That’s sick,” LaSalle said. “You guys don’t want Columbine, but you’re putting forth material that will totally desensitize the children to murdering other children.”*Oh but don't you see? That's the point. it IS sick. . . **Kids/tweens/adults/ are horrified at such a thing. That is why this ***compassionate and courageous character named Katnis in this deplorable dystopian world is so lovable.
The school board acted quickly and removed her daughter from the class that was reading The Hunger Games, to which the mother responded.
“The answer to this situation is not removing my daughter from the classroom,” LaSalle said. “It’s removing this filth from the school district."
My issue isn't with the mother or her daughter not liking The Hunger Games. Everyone's entitled to their opinion and there are plenty a book where my opinion goes against the grain, but that's the beauty of it. We're all able to read something, determine for ourselves whether we like it or not, and then go on from there. It is when you try and take that freedom of reading away from someone else---Like trying to remove the book from other classrooms, other students, and other peoples children-- that this thing called censorship begins to rear it's ugly head.
And, as always Thank you Ms. Leila for your lovely wit and insight.
* Mother dearest, did you even read the book?
** practically everyone---I say practically everyone because there are some questionable characters
*** Aren't you loving the Alliteration?