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Copy of Killing Mr. Griffin Banned Book Project
Transcript of Copy of Killing Mr. Griffin Banned Book Project
Summary of the Book
Killing Mr. Griffin is about five students in a demanding senior lit class. They become sick of the tough grading and decide to teach their teacher a lesson. They kidnap him and take him to a cave outside of town. By the time the students return, Mr. Griffin has already died.
Multiple schools have banned Killing Mr. Griffin such as Sinnott Elementary School in California. In one school, the book was chosen for a book club and two parents objected and took their children out for that book.
In 2001, the board of South Carolina's largest school district voted to remove the book from its class reading lists, but it was allowed to remain on school shelves. The year the book was published (1987) it became the 4th most challenged book.
Why was the Book Challenged and Banned?
Killing Mr. Griffin was banned because of inappropriate language and plot. The story line involves the students murdering their teacher which might inspire similar occurrences in reality.
I was unable to find any evidence to lead me to believe a court case has taken place regarding Killing Mr. Griffin.
Presented by: Macy Trego
Leslie St. John, . N.p.. Web. 1 Nov 2013. http://www.newtonlibrary.org/discover/book-clubs/wednesdays-brown-bag-book-club/banned-books
Harper, Jennifer. "Challenged book chosen for library book club." Summit Daily. N.p., 22 Sep 2005. Web. 1 Nov 2013. http://www.summitdaily.com/article/20050923/AE/109230043
Pavonetti, Linda. "50 Years of Reading Free." YALSA. N.p., 20 Aug 2007. Web. 1 Nov 2013. http://wikis.ala.org/yalsa/index.php/50_Years_of_Reading_Free
Duncan, Lois. Killing Mr. Griffin. Little Brown, 1978. Print.
When a book is banned, it is removed from the area of offense. It is taken off of shelves and out of curriculum. When a book is challenged, that book has an opportunity to be removed or banned.
The First Amendment
The First Amendment guarantees the freedom of religion, speech, press, peaceable assembly, and petition. When a book is banned, it is normally to benefit the child but does that form of censorship follow the first amendment?