Adult Of The Week
For adults who embody the
wisdom of censoring the young.
(send nominations to
Opposite of Honorary Teenager.
Friday, April 28
2000 Republican presidential candidate
For backing a plan to mandate blocking software on library
Internet terminals with the quote,
"Don't use the First Amendment. That's some excuse to destroy our
children's lives and souls."
Friday, April 21
Minister and radio commentator
For urging parents to forbid their children from watching
"The Teletubbies", saying that one of the
muppet-like characters, who
carries a purse and has a triangular ornament above his
head, is obviously gay.
Friday, April 14
Christopher Ager, Shelly Uscinski,
and Virginia Twardosky
Members of the Merrimack (New Hampshire) Board of Education
For voting in favor of a policy in Merrimack schools prohibiting
activity that portrayed homosexuality in a "positive" light.
(Board members Kenneth Coleman and
Brenda Grady voted against the policy.)
Ager said the purpose of the policy was
give peace of mind to parents who know better
how to handle delicate issues."
The policy resulted in
the censoring of books and instructional videos in classrooms,
including the removal of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night from
(According to John Mark Ockerbloom's
Online page, readers from Merrimack reported that the board
members who passed the policy were voted out in 1996,
the policy was
rescinded, and Twelfth Night was returned to schools.)
Friday, April 7
C. James Slye
Spotswood (Virginia) High School Principal
a teacher to remove pamphlets from his classroom door
promoting "Banned Books Week", an observance established by
the American Library Association
to raise awareness of books that have been censored in schools
Friday, March 31
Byron Welch, Chance Allen and Ted Heers
Administrators of Ponder (Texas) Independent School District
For having a seventh-grader Christopher Beamon
six days after he wrote a horror story for a Halloween-themed
school writing assignment, in which he shot some of his friends
from the English class.
Friday, March 24
Guy W. Sims
Muscogee County (Georgia) Superintendent of Education
that Emanuel Luetze's classic
of Washington crossing the Delaware, which appeared in the
district's history textbooks, made it look like Washington was
exposing himself (the object lying across his hip was actually
a watch). Teachers spent two weeks altering the painting in
2,300 copies of the textbooks before Sims would approve their
Friday, March 17:
Principal of Fairfield High School in Fairfield, PA
to block a senior from graduating for including the following
item in her "senior will":
"To you Dr.
Straley, I leave a book that has helped me quite often throughout
the time I have spent in high school. This book is entitled
‘ACLU, The Rights of Students.’ I hope you find this book as
useful as I have."
Friday, March 10:
Crossfire commentator and sometime presidential candidate
that "parents have the right to insist that godless evolution
not be taught to their children in public schools".
Friday, March 3:
Parent of a student at John F. Kennedy High School in
West Columbia, Texas
For leading the drive in his school district to
classroom discussions of the Starr Report in late 1998
to keep "smut" out of the classroom,
after sitting in on an honors class and getting into an
argument with another parent over the merits of impeachment.
Friday, February 25:
School Superintendent of Zeeland, MI
For imposing a ban on classroom readings of the
Harry Potter books
in Zeeland classrooms as of November 22, 1999, and creating
a rule requiring fifth-through-eighth graders to get parental
permission slips before checking the books out of school
Friday, February 18:
Vice President of the Holland, MI chapter of the American Family
For an account of his conversion to the anti-pornography cause.
his story goes, he was a child hiding in his father's barn
and reading the "good parts" of an adult paperback, when
a lightning bolt came down from the heavens and hit the
barn, burning it to the ground. Of his decision to tell
the story, Bos said,
"My goal in this entire thing is to educate the public."
Friday, February 11:
Warren, MI city councilwoman
For a shouting match with a librarian that ensued after Sankauer, who had
passed an ordinance against viewing pornography in the town library,
could not get the librarian to help her find pornography on the Internet
that she needed for a city council presentation.
"My need was urgent," said Sankauer to the Detroit Free Press.
"I needed pictures of this
disgusting, appalling porno on the Internet."
Friday, February 4:
Principal, Greenbrier High School, Evans, Georgia
For suspending student Mike Cameron when he wore a Pepsi t-shirt
on "Coke Day", a day on which the school competed for a $500 prize
awarded by Coca-Cola Corporation to a school for featuring a "Coke"
theme in the day's curriculum. (Fade
To Black magazine interviewed
about the episode.) Principal Hamilton called the incident "disruptive
Friday, January 28:
Trustee, Salt Lake Education Foundation
For having the Salt Lake City School district
a pamphlet he
How Parents Can Help Children Live Marijuana Free,
"preoccupation with social causes, race relations, and environmental issues"
as a warning sign of marijuana use. Debate coach Jacque Conkling said
two mothers called her and forced their children's withdrawal from the
school debate team after reading the pamphlet.
Friday, January 21:
Webmaster of the "Exposing Satanism" Web site
of the satanic influence of the Harry Potter book
Includes the cautionary note:
also uses occult terms in her thinking. Look at this new age phrase.
'I have a very visual
imagination. I see it, then I try to describe what is in my mind's eye.'
This minds eye concept
is the heart of the new age movement."