I missed this little news item in all the election hoohaw. Apparently last month Stephen King’s Different Seasons, an anthology of four novellas, was pulled from the library shelves of California’s Rocklin High School. Different Seasons is where the stories that were the basis for the films Stand By Me, Shawshank Redemption, and Apt Pupil came from. Only one story, Breathing Method, has yet to not be made into a major motion picture, and it’s the only true “horror story” in the book.
Apparently some parent objected to the rape scene in Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption and got a high school committee to remove the book. However, none of the committee actually read the book, and neither, it seems, did the parent. Fortunately, one senior at the school, Amanda Wong, had read the book and argued to the superintendent that the book should remain.
Amazingly (and because this was California and not an inbred red state), the superintendent agreed and returned the book pending a review by the school board, which is likely to let the book remain.
Just goes to show you that people will often confuse protecting children with being a gigantic douche bag.