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Kelly Funes-Majano, Staff writer

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It is said that knowledge is power. Reading is a powerful form of knowledge, as it can arguably influence and benefit individuals.Therefore, why are student deprived of reading certain books?

Reading opportunities can be taken away from students. The school board has banned “Tango makes three”, “Two boys kissing”, “A Light in the Attic”, and so much more.

“Tango makes three” is a book about two male penguins who want to make a family, so their zookeeper provides them with an egg. The two male penguins each take a turn on caring for and securing the egg.Soon enough, the egg cracks and the penguins name the baby “Tango”.

“Tango makes three” showed kids that anything is possible and love can conquer all, even if it is with the same sex. The book faced controversy because it depicted two males trying to make and raise a family, as opposed to the societal norm, which consists of a woman and a man.

Parents thought the book sent the wrong message to kids and that it was inappropriate for younger children; therefore, it was added to the banned books list.

In addition, “Two boys kissing” is another book that was banned by the school board. The book discusses the lives of seven teenage boys who realize that they are gay and illustrates how they attempt to figure out who they are and their purpose in life.

The book was banned because it was deemed inappropriate to show children a romantic relationship between boys, as homosexuality still is not wholly accepted in our society.

Adding on to that, “A light in the attic”  is another one of many books banned by the school board. The book is composed of poems, some of the which have  twisted endings. The book is said to frighten children at times; however, a majority of children still enjoy the book.

This book was added to the banned books list because parents were concerned that the book  promoted violence and would influence children to be disrespectful towards adults.

All of these books have one thing in common: they all involve a concerned parent.  

If a parent does not like a book, then the parent, and sometimes the child, will be sent to the review process.

The review process is when a parent sits down with the principle of the school to talk about why a particular book should be banned. Sometimes the parent is dismissed; however, there are times when the school board listens to what parents have to say and considers whether to ban the book or to keep it as it is.

Overall, parents should be there for their children, but they should not take away reading opportunities. They can add their own point of view, but students should be able to decide what they want to read, as it can play a huge role in influencing who they want to become.

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