January 22, 2022

Missouri: Springfield Public Schools Removes “The Hate You Give” From Middle School After Parent Complaint

From the Springfield News-Leader:

A Springfield middle school yanked a book inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement after a mother complained about its profanity and sexually suggestive content.

Jennifer Wilken also questioned why eighth-graders at Springfield’s Reed Academy were assigned the book — and started reading it — before permission slips were sent home.

The 2017 book “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas follows a 16-year-old black high school student who witnesses a white police officer shoot her unarmed best friend. The first two pages include expletives and depict a party “smelling like weed” where guys “grind so close to girls they just about need condoms.”

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See Also: Banned? Books Challenged In Missouri Since 2014 (via Springfield News-Leader)

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.