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Tuesday, April 18, 2023 

Manga book removed from Florida/Wisconsin schools over concerns of violent content

Here's a report on Insider about some schools in Florida and Wisconsin that removed "Assassination Classroom" from their shelves after a campaign by family groups concerned about the possibility it could encourage violence:
Some schools in Florida and Wisconsin are banning a Japanese sci-fi comic book over concerns that it promotes violence against teachers.

The manga, called "Assassination Classroom," features a large tentacled monster that destroys the moon and threatens to destroy Earth. The monster starts working as a homeroom teacher in a junior high school, where it tells its class that it will give them the opportunity to kill it before it destroys the planet.

[...] Moms for Liberty — a conservative group that pushes for the removal of books from classrooms that they deem inappropriate and which has campaigned to get members elected to local school boards — fought for the comic book's removal from Gifford Middle School.

[...] Jennifer Pippin, chair of the Indian River County chapter of Moms for Liberty, said that the group considered the book inappropriate because it features pictures of kids with guns inside a classroom, noting a recent spate of school shootings in the United States.

[...] The Elmbrook School District in Wisconsin also removed the book from its digital library after parents complained that it was violent and sexual, Fox News reported.
In the USA, with the chaotic education system they've got there, it should be understandable why such a violent story in itself could raise concerns. Who's to say these stories couldn't be used as indoctrination tools? So, even if the issue isn't whether teachers could be endangered by such storytelling, there's still the issue of gun violence itself to worry about. I'd once noted the entertainment host Bill Maher made considerable points about children's exposure to violent entertainment, and it makes little difference where the product comes from; in a country like the USA, it can, most unfortunately, end up becoming a bad influence due to the disastrous education Maher alluded to in his discussions on HBO. So, Moms For Liberty decidedly did the right thing to protest.

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