Superintendent Apologizes for Banning "Bless Me, Ultima"
Anonymous Patron writes "This isn't really library related, but in Norwood, Colorado, a small town west of Telluride, the school superintendent banned the use of Rudolfo Anaya's "Bless Me, Ultima" in the 96-student high school. He admitted to not having read the book; he only read a small section containing profanity that a parent pointed out to him. He said, "It's less a matter of censorship than a matter of sponsorship. That's not the kind of garbage I want to sponsor at this high school." The teacher who purchased the two dozen copies was forced to write an apology to the school community. The superintendent handed over the books to a parent who planned to "destroy" them (they now say they were put in the trash and are now somewhere in the landfill.)
The district school board brought to the superintendent's attention that there is a written policy to be followed in such cases, a policy he ignored. So now he's the one apologizing.