One Catholic school student apparently has decided to stick it to the man. Or at least stick it to the people at her Catholic school, which has released a list of books that the students are not allowed to read.
According to a posting on Boing Boing, which points to a question posed by the student on Yahoo! Answers, the young lady has started a banned books lending library in the locker next to hers, a place where her peers can get access to such “offensive” tomes as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Paradise Lost, and Lord of the Flies. Her Yahoo! Question is whether she can legitimately get in trouble for doing what she’s doing. The response, for the most part, has been positive, with several people calling her both brave and a hero. But at least one reader questions the truth of what she’s saying.
And I can sort of see that person’s point. I mean, it’s a great story and that makes me want to believe it. But some of the books on the school’s “banned” list seem a little ridiculous (Bridge to Terabithia? Really?) I also wonder why the girl would post this question on the World Wide Web if she is genuinely concerned about getting caught.
But, for the sake of argument, let’s assume it is true. It’s definitely awesome that she’s taking matters into her own hands and exposing her fellow students to some really spectacular literature. (Even more awesome? The kid has standards: “Twilight is banned also, but I don’t want that polluting my library,” she writes.)
As far as the issue about getting into trouble, she might be better off running the lending library off of school grounds. Of course, that’s not as delicious as clandestinely keeping the novels in a locker. But it might achieve the same goal and avoid the possibility of her getting suspended.
But that’s just my advice, and I was never this rebellious. Again, if the story is true, the school finds out and action is taken against the girl, the ACLU would be on this case faster than you can say, The Canterbury Tales. Which, by the way, is another book on the school’s banned list.