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  • Anonymous

    I wonder if any library will ever carry a copy of  “The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerBalls”

  • Anonymous

    So, they voted not to ban a book?

    Good for them.

    Not that any of these kids could just, say, do an internet search.

    Next, the Board will vote not to ban horse and buggy drag racing on Main Street.

  • StillRelaxin

    So now, thanks again to a single overzealous book banner a book that no one had ever heard of will become the latest teen craze. Do we learn nothing from history? Hint on living in reality here, when it comes to books it might be wiser to worry more about what your own kids are reading and less about what other people’s children may be allowed to read.

    • Anonymous

      I sincerely doubt it will become another teen craze. 

      They’re too wrapped up in twilight to bother with some lame book with “sexual themes”

      Besides, I don’t know of anyone that would actually take the time to read a book just for the provocative content. Anything they would like to see they can get on the internet from their phone of from their laptops at school. 

      I think the idea of banning books at this point is kinda silly.

      • Anonymous

        lol….I kind of thought that the book they wanted to ban would be twilight!

      • The next teen craze is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. My child couldn’t but the first book down.

    • Anonymous

      Hell, most parents would probably be thrilled just too see their teen reading an actual book to even bother to complain.   Must be some kid who is not allowed to use the internet or something crazy like that.

    • Anonymous

      Things like this make private and charter schools popular.

      • Anonymous

        So, they get to ban books for dubious reasons?

    • Lol they wont buy it, they will illegally download it to their iPad’s Kindle app.

  • Anonymous

    Next they will try to ban the Bible.

    • Anonymous

      Nah it’s probably still in the Fiction department.

      • Anonymous

        That’s probably where a union librarian would put it since those marxist union types are all heathenous  snake-charming sun-worshipers.

        • Anonymous

          Hypoerbolic, way over the top.

    • Anonymous

      Such a shame too, with young folks being exposed to so much sex and violence and potty talk in today’s books and other entertainment. So many wholesome life lessons in that Good Book.  Ezekiel 23:20 being just one example. Or 2 Kings 2:23… or Isaiah 36:12.

      • Anonymous

        Agree. Great references by the way.

    • Anonymous

      They will replace it with the Koran……

      • Anonymous

        Hyperbolic.  Who’s “they”?

  • PaulNotBunyan

    If it was a book about guns, they would have no problem deciding to ban it.

    • Anonymous

      AMEN.  They ban anything that’s religious or right-leaning, but extol anything that’s marxist, transgendered, hyper-sexual, or pro-union / pro-labor.

      • I agree 

      • You have a slightly different point of view than I have. You must be more educated It would be interesting to chat off the record even tho we don’t always agree. 

      • Anonymous

         Haha… you think religion is right leaning…

        • Anonymous

          Back in my day, we had alot more religion. Alot more education out behind the barn and alot more respect then many of the children in middle school have today. I listen to them talk to their parents. If my children had spoke to me like that, or I to my parents, lets just say, there wouldn’t have been a second time.  We prayed in public school, and saluted the flag everyday, until high school. We should’ve kept it up thru high school too. I wasn’t harmed, and I still have respect.

          • Your Invisible Sky Wizard teaches that women and children are subservient to their husband/father, and thus if they get a lil uppity it’s ok to smack ’em around to “straighten them out.” His “word” has also been used to prop up inhumane practices such as slavery here in America. Not to mention all the dead “in his name” from the firebombings of abortion clinics, gay bashings, and 2000 year history of just killing people cause they don’t believe.  So if i want to teach my child hate, intolerance, and how to abuse his wife and kids in the manor in which the Invisible Sky Wizard approves, I’ll be sure to run right to Christianity.

            P.S. It is perfectly o.k. to talk to your Invisible Sky Wizard, but if he/she/it talks back, you might want to be checked out for schizophrenia.

          • Anonymous

            I do obey my husband and he loves me. Men are not to beat women, they are to love their wives as Christ loved the church and he died for the church. Parents are to love their children. 

            I’ll take my God any day. I have seen his miracles. 

          • Anonymous

            Unfortunately, too many husbands (and would-be husbands) translate those verses from the Timothys from “obey” to “ownership” and love to domination.  Parental (and conjugal) love is more like a team effort–of equals.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah…we need more books bashing the working people of America and extolling the virtues of the Wall Street scum who lie, cheat, and steal from the former middle class at every turn…Oh wait…

        • Anonymous

          We need more books on wasted college tuition’s that indoctrinate and  teach them to pitch tents on private property use them to rape,deal drugs , abandon their children and defecate in the street like animals.Or in short teach them to be democrats

          • Anonymous

            So I take it that none of the legislative leadership in this state, or the Governor and any of his Commissioner’s never attended college?    If they did,  according to you,  they missed the point that you have opined regarding college.

            Your statement is ludicrist,  what you are saying is that rapist, drug dealers and bad parents are such due to college……Did you go to college?

          • Anonymous

             Ocuppy proves some just are not college material. Most learn before college if you spend and create debt. You and not the governmet has to pay it back.Must be  progressive 101 that schools loitering,molestation and pickpocketing.Good to see not all students elect this class.

          • Anonymous

            So…..I would take that as a redaction…..meaning.    well……not all of em?

            You have no idea on how a bill turns into a law, nor do you ever care.   What you do have an idea about is that there is no reason why a person can’t have a gun, use the damn thing, and not understand why the 2nd amendment doesn’t protect you when you use it….and it’s because, according to you …I said so..    

            The 2nd amendment was formulated during our country’s revolution, our constitution was designed by it’s framer’s to be a “living, changing and equal document”……and so let’s just let people continue to shoot each other due to the 2nd amendment? And let those who are on death row not have their amendment defended?……
            And I purposefully made this as random, as you did your response….. and by the way…..Did you go to college?

          • Anonymous

            That would be sort of like a combination of Ted Kennedy, Barney Frank, John Edwards, and Anthony Weiner.

          • Anonymous

            no pun intended….but who the hell it Anthony Weiner?….LOL

          • Anonymous

            No-we need a book about how to be a dim witted tyrant, con an entire group of non-readers, and still be elected  governor of Maine

          • Anonymous

            Read that one.It took thirty years for the plot to come to reality.

          • Anonymous

            as the governor says “bullsh*t”

      • Anonymous

        Well stated.

    • Anonymous

      Amen, I second that…

  • Anonymous

    It sounds like the real problem here is that the person responsible for buying books has poor judgment.  You have to wonder why, with the limited funding that school libraries have, they choose to buy this book instead of something else.  Probably just another left wing operative, committed to the fundamental transformation of our society.

    • Anonymous

      Insert tin foil hat…….

  • Anonymous

    Who in the world ordered this book in the first place????  Where is the common sense?  The buck stops with the person who lacked the common sense to pick more uplifting material.   Choose better books next time.

    • Anonymous

      It sounds like you have read the book.

    • Anonymous

      The person ordering doesn’t read well……

    • Anonymous

      By your definition, right?

  • Anonymous

    Of all the well-written and entertaining children’s / young adult books out there why purchase this one? Was it on sale or something? I read a little of it on line and I have to say I’m not a big fan of graphic novels…i.e. more pictures than words for this age group… but I get the fact that its the trend right now. Short attention spans and all. I would expect higher quality from our school libraries. That’s my opinion.   

  • Anonymous

    “A student representative says they see worse on television”… Well hell, lets just start teaching like South Park and Beavis & Butthead in our schools, I mean ours kids see it on television, right?  Duh.  Now that you need a permission form to get the book, the only kids who will get it are the children of hyper-liberal moonbats who will want to use their kids as political statements to purposely get the book even if they have no interest in it.  What a mess, why would any right-minded librarian let that book into a middle school library in the first place?  There is a reason that 99% of other middle-school libraries in the  state don’t have that book on their shelves – they have a clue.

    • Well my sons laptop the kid brings home is completely unlocked when not on a school server . Protect the kids when give them a laptop? no saying they don’t stop on the way home before i can watch him and brows the net on any wifi that is unlocked. We can not protect the kids from everything . These are $1,200 to $1,600 machines. What overkill they spend It is not thier money its tax payers . 

      • Anonymous

        It’s your job as a parent to monitor internet use when the machine is at home. You always have the option of not allowing them to bring the laptop home as well. 

        Also, the total cost  per student is $968 – which includes the laptop, a four year warranty, installation of a very high end wireless network in the school, and professional development for the teachers. 

        • I agree it is my job as a parent. to monitor internet . I can not monitor between school . In any case netbooks could be bought for less than $200 Put a free operating system on them. I tried a few times to get him to download things a USB drive and to open them up on a windows machine. Guess I am not smart enough. (I only have dial up internet at home.) That being said I have never found my son to do be something  he should not do with a school laptop. Just saying You can not or is not practical to protect your kids from everything. As far as locking a home computer by middle school a kid is smart enough to get a linux disk and live boot it at a friends house.  Now they do get nice laptops to use with good software. I just feel it could be almost as good with less money. Just my opinion.  Who am I too say i only pay taxes . I also disagree with all the focus on test scores when we have a high dropout rate.

          • Anonymous

            I 100% agree that US education too focused on test scores! 

            Also, I am not really arguing that many options should be considered when purchasing hardware – It’s just that I know the yearly lease on the MLTI project is $242, which includes the machine and other things I mentioned.

          • I have a few issues with the way things are in school. My son is having a hard time with home work witch is a big part of his grade . They Have all this focus on sending every kid to college ,but seem to be not have much focus on keeping kids in school. High drop out rates improve test scores. They talk about holding him back even tho he has high test scores just not great grades. Its like blame the parents . Well Its is not a perfect world . Not all kids are on a level playing field . Some kids to not have a home environment conducive to doing homework. With really has little to do with what they learn. The system we have today seems to be designed to make the elite more elite not level the playing field . 

    • Anonymous

      That would depend on whose television they are watching. Televisions are programmed with blocks, to block stations. Furthermore, many people don’t have televisions; for good reasons.

  • With middle school kids laptops that are completely unlocked to hard core porn when they take them home I think this book is the least of thier worries at least they are reading.

  • Anonymous

    Yee-Haw…We gotta burn dem buuks!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Amazing that a town named Dixfield is concerned about overly sexual themes…..

  • Guest

    ….

  • Anonymous

    Perfect response. Leave it to the parents where the responsibility should be.

  • Anonymous

    When my kids were young, I was very careful about what they were exposed to, but middle school?  By the time they are that age, they have heard it ALL….Shelter them from the world and how are they ever going to function when they are tossed into it after school?  That being said, if a person really feels the need to shelter their child, teach your child your version of right and wrong and perhaps your child will steer away from books that contain what they have come to know as inappropriate

    • Anonymous

      I just called and asked my two very sheltered girls both in college how they adjusted. First response was laughter. Second from one, was we don’t have a choice, you help pay for our school and car. Either get good grades and do right or loose our funding.

      The other daughter, said, “give a child a good foundation and they won’t stray too far.” As a parent, I know this isn’t always true, a little has to do with genes, maybe. I do know that they have had expectations placed on them since birth. Personally, I believe if you expect them to succeed, they will. Listen, listen, listen to your children. 

      I think you are correct, to teach them your version of right from wrong. Its simple, obey the law or pay the piper. Don’t call me to post bail. If that still small voice in your head/ gut feeling (instincts)  says don’t do it or run, run. Listen to your small voice it will never steer you wrong. That is what have always told our children. If something doesn’t feel right, it isn’t, don’t ever ignore that feeling.

  • Guest

    When books of questionable content are allowed in school the issue isn’t contaminating young minds. That ship sailed with TV and the internet a while ago. When kids and their parents are called out on issues such as inappropriate attire and language, they are in a better position to question all rules that have been set by the school board and staff. Every time a student with overly supportive parents gets in trouble with his choice of words, the principal will be hit with, “what about that book in the libarary?”

  • Anonymous

    If a book can’t be written without bad language, what are we teaching our children. I don’t want my children talking trailer trash. Therefore, they don’t need to read it. Who sits on that school board? I don’t care to know them. Children get exposed to enough trash as it is. We want our children to talk politely, and intelligently as they enter decent colleges. Why would we want them to fill their minds with trash talk, ect? Not necessary to a vital education. Children have been well rounded, respectful and well educated for years without it.

    • Anonymous

      Couple of points.  Get to know your school board.  Acknowledge that much of the bad langauge, dirty jokes, etc., comes from the playground, books circulated outside of class,etc, outside the classroom.  And, when do do students get to read realistic literature?  I still remeber my drama English teacher in high school (more than 50 years ago), briefing us to be prepared for some off-color language (“What do you expect a dockworker to say, Oh Fudge”?).  Granted we never encountered the four letter equivalent–in class–but she she did prep us good.  I didn’t encounter “Catcher in the Rye” until freshman English in College, but I understand it’s read much earlier nowadays.  Probably considered passe.

  • Kitchell

    Everyone knows these books are trash but few have the courage to stand up and object because of all the backlash and stereotypes vindictive people will throw at and attribute to them. Kudos to the parent who spoke out.  If you are someone that likes these books polluting childrens minds, then stop complaining about teenage pregnancy and mouthy teenagers that show no respect. 

    • Anonymous

      These kids are in middle school!!!  If they don’t know by now how to be respectful teenagers and avoid teenage pregnancy, we have a far greater issue than the books! (parenting issues).  Like I said, if these were little kids, I would understand, but they’re teenagers (or very close to it).  I’m nearly positive that these kids have seen and heard worse than those books can ever expose them to.

  • Anonymous

    An active barometer of the success or failure of American Schools
    is best exemplified by the American Marines urinating on the dead bodies.

    • Anonymous

      Come on, I doubt that they were “taught” that in school.

  • Anonymous

    Too many hyperbolic, blindered, politically polarized comments to reply to individually.  A lot of stereotyping, deflection, and outright censorship apparently without any knowledge of what’s being discussed.  As for deflection to the Bible, a lot of mixed-message stuff there too.  Try Song of Songs (more accurate than Song of Solomon since he apparently had nothing to do with it).  Downright erotic.  So’s the book of Ruth if you know what Hebrew euphemisms are behind the text.  Shall we ban it?  of course not.

  • Anonymous

    Have you watched a PG-13 move lately?   Sexual themese in a book are prob. “vanilla” compared to some of those !

  • Anonymous

    As Daniel Patrick Moynihan said forty years ago, “defining down deviancy”.

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