A parent with 3 children in the district speaks out against "The Kite Runner" to protect her high school son. When attempting to read a direct quote from the book, the President of the Board shuts her down, saying that the material she is reading is inappropriate for the audience.
GCISD Public Records Archive request P000488-100121
The novel opens with a recount of the rape of a boy's mother. The soldier describes her "sugary cunt."
Two pre-teen boys are told to hold down another boy while he is raped by a 17-year-old.
The aftermath of the rape describes the "dark stain in the seat of his pants" and the "tiny drops that fell from between his legs and stained the snow black." The boy is bleeding from his rectum.
A father finds his dead son and decides to commit suicide by placing the barrel of a gun into his own mouth and blowing his brains out.
Children are sold to pedophiles. Farid tries to kill the salesman. The children watch.
Pedophile nibbles his purchased child's ear and then encourages another man to try out boys too.
Child Sohrab uses a slingshot to launch a metal pellet into his master's eye, leaving an empty socket where the eye was.
People visit a restaurant near the place of a public hanging of a young man. His body dangles from a rope. No one notices.
After some executions, corpses are collected and transported by a pickup truck. They are then tossed into holes and quickly buried.
A father trying to protect his 9th grade daughter speaks out against "The Kite Runner," calling out the trustees who have not responded to him that they will take action to remove this book. He tells them he will not allow them near his daughter's heart, soul, and mind if they continue to infect her with obscene instructional materials.
"This book is very inappropriate."
"My kid should not hear of awful things like this ... he read it and he is only 14."
"This is a book all about rape. A boy gets raped by other boys and later a man buys a boy to rape continuously."
"There is no rating of 21+ on this site so I could only choose 18+."
"This is an adult book; not for high schoolers."
"This is not for high school students ... this is not educational -- it's disturbing."
"My son showed me several pages and then refused to read on."
My son "was disturbed by this book."
What are parents in GCISD asking questions about? Follow this link.
Common Sense Media is a non-profit organization specifically designed to review books, movies, TV shows, games, and apps for age-appropriateness and educational content. It is the nation's largest membership organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.
GCISD administrators explain the process for choosing instructional materials. They are changing how they communicate about these materials to the public. Broader communication will now be sought that seeks parent and community feedback!
The district will be reviewing all recommended reading for 6th-12th grade, this time utilizing parent and community feedback, and they will complete this process prior to the start of the Spring semester of 2022. Moving forward, they will also ensure that parents are now properly notified of students' book choice options.
The district's vetting process results are in: "The Kite Runner" is now in 12th grade.
This spreadsheet was sent to parent participants.