This is enough to make me scream.
The State Board of Education is scheduled to decide Thursday whether Gwinnett County’s school board acted properly when it voted to keep “Harry Potter” books in school libraries.
In a draft decision sent to board members, the hearing officer who heard testimony in October recommends the board allow the Gwinnett district’s decision to stand.
Laura Mallory had argued the “Harry Potter” books promote witchcraft and the Wicca religion. She said the books should be removed from all Gwinnett County public schools.
In the draft, hearing officer L.O. Buckland said Mallory didn’t present any evidence to support her allegations. Buckland, an administrative law judge, wrote that Mallory’s evidence “consisted of unverified hearsay that she obtained from the Internet.”
Not only is she humiliating her children, but she is looking rather foolish while doing so.
I believe, much the same way that the estimable Gwinnett County school board does, that the “Harry Potter” series have some degree of merit. At the very least, children are reading as a result of the books.
And, I will sheepishly admit to having read every edition of the “Harry Potter” series. And enjoying them.
NB: the first person to correctly state the relevance of the first line will have great praise heaped upon them.