Students protest the banning of Bless Me, Ultima.
About 20 Norwood High School students, some of them wearing homemade, handwritten “Bless Me, Ultima” T-shirts, staged a sit-in at center court in the school gymnasium Friday morning, taking turns reading passages from the book that was removed from the ninth-grade English curriculum by the Norwood district superintendent.
From the same article:
“What I thought I was doing was protecting you,” Conder said to the students.
“If we’re sheltered all our lives, what are we going to do when we get to college? If I’m not exposed now, how am I going to get by in life?” asked ninth-grader Serena Campbell to applause from her peers.
And from another article:
Additionally, he contended that parents were not given a chance to "opt" their child out of the assignment, prompting some to ask when assignments had ever been "optional."
Student Sarah Setzer, who helped organized a student sit-in Friday, told the Daily Press that Doyle "made it very clear" to the class that an alternate book was available.
"She repeated it several times and she repeated it several times to him (Condor)," Setzer said.