Handing out books in a park is not illegal — even in Idaho
April 27, 2014 | 1:25 pm
But one person went so far as to call the cops.
While the story is a little old, it’s still fascinating. In the Meridan, Idaho school district, parents were able to get Alexie’s book removed from reading lists, according to The Daily Dot, a move that seemed to only embolden local teenagers. They petitioned to bring the book back, but in the meantime, Boise’s Rediscovered Books raised money to buy copies of the book for the 350 people who signed the petition.
Brady Kissel, a student from Mountain View Junior High School, handed out free copies of Alexie’s book at a municipal park – and someone called the cops, according to KBOI.
The story states the police showed up to the park and questioned Kissel. Handing out books apparently is NOT illegal, so she continued with her quest.
Alexie’s book has been the subject of previous bans and discussions. The story focuses on a Native American teenager. It discusses masturbation and drugs, and uses a number of curse words. Some also view the book as anti-Christian.
But, as I’ve said before, all this attention bestowed upon a book only causes many teenagers to want to know what the fuss is all about. In this Idaho district, it seems they took it a step further with help from a local bookseller, and Alexie’s publisher, which also donated another 350 books.
While the parents successfully were able to remove this book from the curriculum, they should be proud these children are standing up for what they believe in, sparking conversations on censorship and first amendment rights.
None of these warrants calling the cops.