Banning Fahrenheit 451

bq.Alton Verm, of Conroe, objects to the language and content in the book. His 15-year-old daughter Diana, a CCHS sophomore, came to him Sept. 21 with her reservations about reading the book because of its language. “The book had a bunch of very bad language in it,” Diana Verm said. “It shouldn’t be in there because it’s offending people. … If they can’t find a book that uses clean words, they shouldn’t have a book at all.” Alton Verm filed a “Request for Reconsideration of Instructional Materials” Thursday with the district regarding “Fahrenheit 451,” written by Ray Bradbury and published in 1953. He wants the district to remove the book from the curriculum. “It’s just all kinds of filth,” said Alton Verm, adding that he had not read “Fahrenheit 451.” “The words don’t need to be brought out in class. I want to get the book taken out of the class.” – “Kassia Micek(Parent criticizes book Fahrenheit 451)”:http://www.hcnonline.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=17270600&BRD=1574&PAG=461&dept_id=532215&rfi=6 Is it just me or is there a certain irony in calling for the banning of a book that theorizes about a future where all books are banned? Actually, I know “it isn’t just me.(Texas Parent Wants Fahrenheit 451 Removed from Classroom)”:http://killfile.newsvine.com/_news/2006/10/02/383946-texas-parent-wants-fahrenheit-451-removed-from-classroom#c312986. Add the fact he hasn’t even read the book, and the whole thing is more than sad. It is just the sort of thing that gives responsible, thoughtful parents a bad name.