You may remember back in September when we reported on a mother in New Hampshire who asked for The Hunger Games to be removed from a middle school because of its violent subject matter. Well this week, a committee of librarians, teachers and parents from Mountain View Middle School in Goffstown ruled that The Hunger Games book would stay on the curriculum.
The Goffstown News reports that the Goffstown Superintendent of Schools, Stacy Buckley informed the School Board that The Hunger Games had been deemed appropriate for the seventh-graders who read and discussed the book in class.
“They felt it was a vital book, that they did not want to ban the book,” Buckley said of the committee’s decision. “They believed that the majority of seventh- and eighth-grade students can comprehend the anti-violent message the book presents.”
This matter first came up on September 20 when Tracy Lassale, the mother of a seventh-grade student, complained the book gave her daughter consistent nightmares. She also denounced the book for its alleged lack of morality and suggested its violent subject matter could lead to school violence.
In the following weeks, Ms Lassale’s concerns became a hot topic of discussion, both on this site and other Hunger Games fan sites. Most fans pointed out that The Hunger Games is anti-violent, while others said it is probably more suited to older children.
The Mountain View Middle School committe decided that the book was appropriate for seventh-graders and noted that the in-class discussions that accompanied the reading of “Hunger Games” were sufficient to explain the book’s dark themes and nonviolent message to students.
It’s important to note though that while The Hunger Games will stay on the school’s curriculum and in the school’s library, it will not be forced on any student, with students in the fifth and sixth grades at the Mountain View Middle School needing to get parental permission to check The Hunger Games from the school library.
So, now that the situation has been resolved, let us know what you think.