According to Merriam-Webster, the word ban means to “prohibit especially by legal means.” Also, to ”prohibit the use, performance, or distribution of.” So I guess removing the books that are under scrutiny in the public school would be technically “banned” if they are removed.
However, there are many things that are removed from schools that we as a society have determined are harmful to our children. We do not allow knives or firearms in schools. We determine the menus in the cafeterias because we care about the health and safety of our children.
Every day there are things that we “ban” our children from doing because we care for and love them and we want the best for them. We also need them to grow up to be healthy, strong, intelligent and wise. They are our future, they are our legacy and to allow them to be exposed to harmful material is something we as a society must not allow to happen.
By allowing this literature in our schools we abdicate our responsibilities as parents and fail our children. I know this material is available in other places and if you do not mind your children having it that is your right, but we must respect the rights of other parents who do not want their children exposed to this kind of literature. We all know that even if these books are in a different room, like the guidance office, it will get into the wrong hands. Remember how easy it was to get cigarettes when you were a kid.
Next time you think that having these books in schools is OK, then maybe it would be OK to hand them the car keys and a six-pack and say have a good night. We have to start acting like adults and understand that there are enough things and ways for our children to get in trouble. We do not need to make it easier. I hope that parents today will protect and educate their children so everything my generation has worked for will not go down the drain and we will all have a bright and happy future.