No banned books, but some on "do not buy" list for local schools

5 years 3 weeks 22 hours ago Monday, September 22 2014 Sep 22, 2014 Monday, September 22, 2014 3:12:00 PM CDT September 22, 2014 in News
By: John Zupon, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Banned book week started around the nation Monday. Columbia Public Schools do not have any banned books district-wide because its policy leave the decision to the schools. 

Both Rock Bridge Elementary and High School do not have any banned books, but they do have books they do not buy, said Rock Bridge High School Library Media Specialist Gwen Struchtemeyer. She would not name any.

Struchtemeyer said she does see the importance of banned book week and letting people know.

"Book banning and book burning goes on even today, and I think it is important to recognize it," Struchtemeyer said. 

Struchtemeyer says she does do careful research on books before she buys them to make sure they are age appropriate. She reads three or four reviews before buying and she for safe measure she says she reads them.

Classic books have been some of the most challenged by parents in the past. Rock Bridge High School finds a way around that by offering edited versions of books like Huckleberry Finn. 

"When it was a book that was used as a component of a classroom and I learned there was this copy that replaces that word with slave I did buy 25 of them," Struchtemeyer said. "If that could get a student to read that book and get to some of the other themes in that book that has been viewed as culturally relevant and explains the time then I thought they would check out."

She says they do check out, but they are still not as popular as the original.

Some of the most commonly banned books are actually series and they include Capitan Underpants, Harry Potter and Junie B. Jones. However, you can find most of them on one shelf at Rock Bridge Elementary.  

Library Media Specialist Amy Mckinzie says these are some of the most popular books they have and she does not see a reason to ban them. The books have also not been challenged by a parent. 

Columbia Public Schools does have a policy in place in which parents who would like a title removed from the shelf can fill a form out. The district would decide if the claim is valid or not.

"Our district puts together a panel made up of parents, teachers and administrators who all read the book and then decide and take steps from there if in fact they think anything needs to be done," Mckinzie said.

Rock Bridge Elementary has set up a few books about banning books in the library, but the high school has not.

More News

Grid
List
HARTSBURG - The Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival announced parking will be moved to the river roads near the festival grounds. ... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, October 12 2019 Oct 12, 2019 Saturday, October 12, 2019 5:50:44 AM CDT October 12, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A Columbia man is behind bars after a search warrant turned up illegal drugs and and a firearm.... More >>
2 days ago Friday, October 11 2019 Oct 11, 2019 Friday, October 11, 2019 10:07:00 PM CDT October 11, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Below are scores from football games around mid-Missouri. Final scores are in bold. ... More >>
3 days ago Friday, October 11 2019 Oct 11, 2019 Friday, October 11, 2019 6:39:00 PM CDT October 11, 2019 in Friday Night Fever
COLUMBIA - Friday Night Fever’s Week 7 Game of the Week features an interesting game between a traveling Rockhurst (3-3)... More >>
3 days ago Friday, October 11 2019 Oct 11, 2019 Friday, October 11, 2019 6:10:00 PM CDT October 11, 2019 in Friday Night Fever
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department is asking for the public’s help locating 28-year-old Mengqi Ji Elledge. Elledge was... More >>
3 days ago Friday, October 11 2019 Oct 11, 2019 Friday, October 11, 2019 4:38:00 PM CDT October 11, 2019 in News
NEW FLORENCE - The Missouri State Highway Patrol awarded Randy Nordman and his widow Julie Nordman with the department's highest... More >>
3 days ago Friday, October 11 2019 Oct 11, 2019 Friday, October 11, 2019 3:52:00 PM CDT October 11, 2019 in News
CALIFORNIA - The Moniteau County Sheriff’s Office and the California Police Department made contact with people in two vehicles that... More >>
3 days ago Friday, October 11 2019 Oct 11, 2019 Friday, October 11, 2019 1:59:00 PM CDT October 11, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - University of Missouri Chancellor, Alexander Cartwright, gave the 2019 State of the University Address on Friday, speaking about... More >>
3 days ago Friday, October 11 2019 Oct 11, 2019 Friday, October 11, 2019 1:34:00 PM CDT October 11, 2019 in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY - Ten men who have only known recent life in prison are now a step closer to success... More >>
3 days ago Friday, October 11 2019 Oct 11, 2019 Friday, October 11, 2019 12:46:00 PM CDT October 11, 2019 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Police arrested two men in connection with a shots fired case on Dove Drive early Thursday. The... More >>
3 days ago Friday, October 11 2019 Oct 11, 2019 Friday, October 11, 2019 11:59:00 AM CDT October 11, 2019 in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Democratic Missouri gubernatorial challenger Nicole Galloway has outraised incumbent Republican Gov. Mike Parson in recent... More >>
3 days ago Friday, October 11 2019 Oct 11, 2019 Friday, October 11, 2019 11:26:00 AM CDT October 11, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A house fire broke out Friday morning on Mohawk Court, but no one was hurt. Firefighters arrived... More >>
3 days ago Friday, October 11 2019 Oct 11, 2019 Friday, October 11, 2019 10:43:00 AM CDT October 11, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The 2019 MU Homecoming marks a change for the 108-year-old annual event. A new tradition, called the... More >>
3 days ago Friday, October 11 2019 Oct 11, 2019 Friday, October 11, 2019 6:47:00 AM CDT October 11, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — The Callaway County prosecutor charged two Auxvasse residents with felonies Thursday. John Metheny, 32, and Ciera Conatser,... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, October 10 2019 Oct 10, 2019 Thursday, October 10, 2019 11:08:00 PM CDT October 10, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — The Cole County prosecutor charged two men Thursday in connection to a shooting the day before. ... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, October 10 2019 Oct 10, 2019 Thursday, October 10, 2019 9:38:00 PM CDT October 10, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY — On Thursday, Ivanka Trump asked attendees of a child care roundtable in Kansas City to share... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, October 10 2019 Oct 10, 2019 Thursday, October 10, 2019 7:43:00 PM CDT October 10, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A career fair where the employers go table to table meeting applicants isn't the most common practice,... More >>
4 days ago Thursday, October 10 2019 Oct 10, 2019 Thursday, October 10, 2019 5:44:00 PM CDT October 10, 2019 in News
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The lower Missouri River will remain high into December because of the large amount of water... More >>
4 days ago Thursday, October 10 2019 Oct 10, 2019 Thursday, October 10, 2019 4:44:00 PM CDT October 10, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 63°
7pm 60°
8pm 59°
9pm 58°
10pm 58°