Americas & Beyond
|Webster’s Dictionary: A Dirty Book|
Doug Thompson - American Newsreel
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February 22, 2010
You know school systems are getting uptight when they ban Webster’s dictionary from the classroom.
But that happened in Oak Meadows Elementary School in Riverside County, California, after some parents didn’t like the idea that the dictionary included definitions of dirty things like oral sex.
After “considerable discussion,” The Los Angeles Times reports that a committee of parents, teachers and administrators recently decided to return the dictionary to the fourth and fifth grade classrooms at the school.
Reports The Times:
“The dictionary will go back to the classroom but the parents will be given the option to determine if they want their kids to have access to that dictionary,” said Betti Cadmus, a spokeswoman for the Menifee Union School District in southwest Riverside County. Students will take permission slips home and parents who don’t want them to use Webster’s 10th Collegiate Edition can opt for alternative dictionaries.