The Beat noted a story the other day about a Guilford, Conn., teacher accused of giving a 13-year-old girl a “pornographic” comic book. What wasn’t mentioned at all in the story was what the name of said comic book was exactly (though David Welsh later discovered that the teacher had resigned over the incident).
An English teacher at Guilford High School has resigned after assigning a questionable comic book to a 13 year old, and now the child’s parents may press charges.
Parents like Jenny Ginns are outraged that a teacher provided a adult comic book to a freshman student.
“It’s pornographic. I can’t imagine my 13 year old looking at it,” said Jenny.
After looking through the comic magazine ‘Eightball’, Jenny understands why the Nate Fisher resigned from job at the high school and why the parents of the young teen want to press charges.
“You’re trusting that they’re hired by the town, sending your kids to school, assuming they’re going to be safe and cared for all day,” said Jenny.
Now, to be fair, Clowes work is full of content obviously aimed at adults, not teens, and depending upon which issue was loaned, I can completely understand the parental concern. Was it a copy of The Death Ray or Pussey? Ghost World or Like a Velvet Glove? If it was the latter rather than the former that was handed to my 13-year-old by a teacher, then I might be very well contacting the principal as well.
Still, man, Eightball?? Seriously?
Note: My apologies to Heidi for stealing the image, but it was just too perfect.