Thursday, December 16, 2004


How can this still be happening?

NORTH BERWICK, Maine — Andrea and Mike Minnon, the Lebanon parents behind the call to stop Noble High School freshmen from reading "The Catcher in the Rye," say they are free-thinking, open-minded people who don’t feel the ideas in the book are bad, just inappropriate for young teenagers.

The Minnons, whose 14-year-old son Spencer is a freshman at Noble, indicate their motives for wanting J.D. Salinger’s 1951 novel pulled from the freshman curriculum are a mixture of sound morals and wanting higher standards for students. [snip]

"There’s no material coming to the parents saying there is graphic material," Mike Minnon said. "In my opinion, if a show were to come on the TV and it would cover rape, you would actually see something on the TV, a disclaimer would come up. Yet in school this stuff just gets pumped right out.

"They see it as, they say, 'Hey, it’s a book, let’s expose the kids to it, and see what they learn from it.'"

Um, yeah. Like, it's called education? And that's how it works? Anyone? Bueller?