In November, in What Do You Think? I wrote about a situation where a school superintendent removed and prevented some young adult titles from being taught in the Montgomery County High School in Mount Sterling, Kentucky.
Well, one of those books was Deadline by Chris Crutcher. And I have an update. And anyone familiar with Crutcher, and how seriously he takes teenagers, can guess what happens next.
Yes, Chris Crutcher is coming to town. Not MY town, silly; to Mount Sterling, Kentucky.
From Crutcher's website:
"Senior MCHS students Diana Banderas and Stephanie Bellot coordinated the rally and invited CC to attend. He enthusiastically agreed to back them up, so we hope you'll show up to lend your support, too. You'll not only have the chance to meet Chris and hear all about the issues that caused the controversy, you'll also have a chance to speak your mind. That's what free speech is all about.
WHEN: Friday, December 18, 2009 at 6:00 pm
WHERE: Gateway Regional Center for the Arts
101 E. Main Street, Mount Sterling, KY 40353
WHY: Because all voices should be heard!"
Steph Su Reads blogged about this situation, in Discussion: Does YA Lit Belong In the Classroom? It's a great post with many points about education, and seriously looks at what happens in the classroom, and towards the ends she asks "I think the biggest--and most important--voice missing from this debate, however, is the voice of those Kentucky high school students in Risha Mullins' class."
Two Montgomery County High School have organized this event, including getting Chris Crutcher involved. The voice of the students is present. And they have organized something to encourage more people to speak up.
Given the articles and comments I've read at the newspaper and various blogs, I think Diana Banderas and Stephanie Bellot are two brave young women. I hope their event is a success. And I wish I lived close enough to attend to support what they are doing.
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