The Menifee Union School District in Menifee, CA (south-east of L.A.) recently pulled the Merriam-Webster Dictionary off the shelves of an elementary school. Why? Because a parent thought the “oral sex” entry was too explicit.
The school district said they pulled the dictionaries but have not banned them. They are reviewing the age-apprioriateness of the dictionary before putting them back in the classrooms.
To read the LA Times story about this, click here.
Anyone have any thoughts about this? My initial reaction was that this is a bit over the top, but I also don’t have small children around. Should kids have limited access to dictionaries since they contain all words, including the “bad” ones?