Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You

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Artist: Barthe DeClements

Year: 2014

Date of Action: May 13, 2014

Region: North America

Location: Rosemount, MN

Subject: Youth

Medium: Literature

Confronting Bodies: School District 196 Library, Rosemount, MN

Description of Artwork: Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You is a children's book which follows the main character Helen through her struggles in school. Although, she is a hard-working student she can not seem to have success in reading. She resists asking for help because of other students' mockery of the "retard room" and being called "retarded".

The Incident: A parent in the school district found the material to be offensive and requested that it was removed from the library system. With specific attention to the word "retarded." The complaint states that the language is "not people- first language and is a disrespectful term."

Results of Incident: The library review committee voted on the book and decided to keep the work with a vote of 10-0.


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