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School district trustee in Orange County seeks to ban Maya Angelou book from libraries

October 21, 2009 | 12:09 pm


There have been several attempts in recent years to ban certain books at Orange County schools. The list includes "Twilight" and "Snow Falling on Cedar." Now, a Westminster school board member has raised concerns about a Maya Angelou book that includes a rape scene.

Should the book be banned from school libraries? The Register's Annie Burris looks into the issue:

Judy Ahrens, a former Westminster School District trustee, took to the podium at Monday's Huntington Beach City Council meeting to read a scene from Angelou's "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings'' that details the rape of an 8-year-old girl. The reading was a demonstration on why the book should be banned, she told the audience.

"I would like to say I don't wish to read this material … but for the sake of the innocence of our children … sometimes we have to do things in life we are uncomfortable with," Ahrens said during the meeting which is televised on the city's cable channel.

Photo: Maya Angelou; credit: Astrid Stawiarz / Getty Images.