Tuesday, August 15, 2006
According to an article in the Courier-Journal, a complaint against the series 'Scary Stories' by Alvin Schwartz has been rejected in Greater Clark County, Indiana. The school board voted unanimously to keep these stories in the elementary school libraries.
Dorsey, a local grandparent, wanted all volumes in the series banned because they depict cannibalism, murder, witchcraft and ghosts, and include a story about somebody being skinned. Her granddaughter did not read the book but saw the pictures and was having nightmares because of them, she said.
Doug Chinn, principal at Utica Elementary, said that the request to ban the book was rejected because the books were considered appropriate for older elementary students. The committee suggested that parents should review what their children are reading.
According to the American Library Association, the "Scary Stories" series topped the list of the 100 most frequently challenged books from 1990 to 2000. It continues to face challenges each year.