Parent has problem with "Persepolis"

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 20:00

 I am writing in regard to the article “Using Graphic Novels as Teaching Tools” (Scene @ your Library, Feb. 23). I feel compelled to sound a warning to parents that these novels are not always what they are packaged to be. In our case, the novel Persepolis was introduced to us as something the freshmen would enjoy as “light reading between the heaviness of Shakespearian dramas.” Once the book ended up in our home, we found it to be anything but light reading. It is a graphic novel indeed; one of the visuals in the comic strips shows a man whipping another, then, with full anatomy exposed, urinating on his bloody back. A few of the controversial topics covered include premarital sex, drug abuse, Marxism, Communism, Westernization and theology, all topics that as parents we want to weigh in on and discuss in light of our family values. Just a heads-up to parents to be vigilant and to students to be discerning about what ASD has approved for presentation in the classroom.

~ Pam Mooty
Eagle River

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