aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Banning the dictionary

Many, many books have been banned. But this, I hope, is a first. The Guardian reports that “ictionaries have been removed from classrooms in southern California schools after a parent complained about a child reading the definition for "oral sex". ... Merriam Webster's 10th edition, which has been used for the past few years in fourth and fifth grade classrooms (for children aged nine to 10) in Menifee Union school district, has been pulled from shelves over fears that the "sexually graphic" entry is "just not age appropriate.””

““The dictionary's online definition of the term is "oral stimulation of the genitals.”” Can you image?!? Those dictionaries probably have the word penis and vagina in them, too. It’s a scandal.

But don’t worry. The school district is on the case. The plan? To read the dictionary and look for other objectionable words and phrases. "It's hard to sit and read the dictionary, but we'll be looking to find other things of a graphic nature," district spokeswoman Betti Cadmus told the local paper.

The only upside that I can see is that children will now be drawn to dictionaries like moths to flames. Read more about this shocking story here.

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