The manga club at Magnolia Middle School in Delaware was a very popular club that brought together 20 to 80 students who read manga. To enter the club, children needed written permission from their parents.
The problem is that the principal banned all manga in his school and, as a result, the club was forced to close.
Mom launches petition to save her kids’ school manga club
Jennifer Antonik is a mother of two who one day received a note from the club’s teacher that said the following: ”The administration has decided that any manga that is above an ”E” or ”Y” rating will not will be provided to students.”
The mother said that manga and anime helped her children overcome the pain of losing their father, and that she would not accept the closure of the manga club. First, she emailed the principal, and he responded: ”All material rated T or higher according to the grading scale needed to be removed from the classroom as it could be considered inappropriate for our students. .”
That’s when Jennifer started a petition to bring the manga club back to school. She says the following in the petition:
”I am deeply concerned about the recent decision to ban manga and discontinue the manga club. These valuable resources have played a significant role in my children’s education and personal growth, while also promoting creativity, literary exploration, and building a strong community of friends.
It is disheartening that such an essential resource for our students is being taken away without due consideration of its impact on their educational and social experiences. By banning manga and discontinuing the manga club, we are depriving our students of opportunities for personal growth, cultural appreciation, development of creativity and community building.
I firmly believe that every child deserves access to diverse forms of reading that suit their interests. Manga provide a unique medium through which students can explore complex narratives while improving reading comprehension skills.”
If you want to help Jennifer, you can sign the petition here.
source Delaware Online via OtakuUSAmagazine