Teacher raises funds to distribute banned books at school

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BREVARD COUNTY, Florida. – A Florida English teacher attempts to distribute banned books to Brevard County libraries and school curricula.

Some have complained that the books are inappropriate or divisive and should not be accessible to students.

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Bayside High School AP English teacher and author Adam Tritt said he was told to pull a book called “Slaughterhouse-Five” – ​​a science fiction-infused anti-war novel by Kurt Vonnegut.

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This prompted Tritt to start a fundraiser called “Get Banned Books Back Into Students’ Hands”.

He is raising money to buy used copies of books banned from schools and plans to donate them to students in Brevard County.

Tritt said distribution would be at the DA Bake Shop, Ben and Jerry’s and various churches.

Children 16 years and older must show ID. Any child under 16 must be accompanied by a parent.

Tritt said that in addition to ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’, the cast will also distribute ‘This Book is Gay’ and ‘Not All Boys are Blue’ – two books that deal with sexuality and gender identity – among other things. .

His efforts have been criticized.

Moms for Freedom Brevard County Chapter shared screenshots of the fundraiser in a Facebook post.

The message read in part: “1994: Don’t take candy from strangers. 2022: do not take pornographic books from strangers. »

News 6 reporter Treasure Roberts asked what Tritt has to say to those who disagree with what he does.

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He said, “They should be better parents.”

Tritt said children are asking for these books, adding that parents who don’t want their children to read certain books shouldn’t be able to make a decision on behalf of all parents.

“You don’t want a child reading Slaughterhouse-Five, too bad for the child. You don’t let them read Slaughterhouse-Five,” Tritt said. “You can’t have your cake and eat theirs too.”

News 6 reporter Treasure Roberts contacted Moms for Liberty, but they were unavailable for comment at the time.

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