Big, big, big hat tip to Erik who sent me an email today about the continuing breaking news surrounding the South Carolina teacher suspension for reading Scott Orson Card’s Enders Game that I discussed yesterday. You know how some stories seem too weird to believe when you first hear about them, and then the facts come out and it turns out that in reality it wasn’t so weird after all? Well, in this case it might be the case of the story not being nearly weird enough to match the reality.
First off, it appears that there were three books read that led to a parent complaining, not simply Enders Game. However, one book was historical fiction about the Oregon trail, and the other an Agatha Christie mystery. That this is an issue is perhaps a good jump of point for a discussion about kids books and public education, but I will save that for a future post. Because the possibly real (but still most fictional) bombshell, according to i109, is this:
According to a news report by local station WRDW, the police incident report in the case claims that the teacher read “pornographic material from the Internet to the students in class. One of the stories was about prostitutes having their faces covered with ejaculation.” But according to the WRDW report, the school is still maintaining that the offending material was just three books that the teacher read to class, which were primarily offensive due to swear words. (Thanks to AJRimmer for pointing us to this.)
If this new information turns out to be correct, it will be clear that what we are dealing with is not a case of overreaction by parents or the school district but rather a middle school teacher with very probable mental health issues. I will have more to say as the waters become less murky, but that is all I really have to say at the moment, save to pat myself on the back for not gratuitously and dryly using the phrase “money shot” anywhere in this post.