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Death Note Wins the Battle of the Ban

Score one for common sense!

Death Note has once again been placed in the center of a school related controversy; however, unlike previous rumbles, this time it comes out a winner. Peggy Salazar, a mother of an Albuquerque Volcano Vista High School student (and no I didn’t make that name up), has recently advocated that all schools in Albuquerque should ban the Death Note manga from all their schools. So a committee held a meeting regarding this issue, and voted unanimously against banning the book.

A member of the committee said it best: “High school age kids do grapple with questions about justice and morality, and whether civilization, or the societies of which they are a part of are making good decisions." Check out the KRQE story about this historic event here.  
 
  
KillerFlyon May 10, 2010 at 9:56 p.m.
This committee is exactly right.  Death Note deals with subjects that a lot of teenagers are interested in. Not to mention Death Note is pretty quick to show Light Yagami in a negative (crap, can't think of another word) light. 
XChileon May 10, 2010 at 10:34 p.m.
@KillerFly: Your funny. 
Good find godlen
FoxxFireArt moderator on May 10, 2010 at 10:45 p.m.
I do find it surprising that the manga is available in a school library, or is this more that some lady wanted to prevent students from even bringing the book into schools?
GodLen staff on May 10, 2010 at 10:52 p.m.
@FoxxFireArt: no they are in the school library, which is really unfair because I never had manga in my High School library. 
ShadowKnight508 moderator on May 10, 2010 at 11:19 p.m.
WTF? We never had manga in our library back in my high school days (2004-2008). Serves that woman right that they shot down her proposed ban on Death Note. n_n
crusader8463on May 11, 2010 at 12:05 a.m.
 Glad with the outcome, but it makes me sad to think we live in a world where something as stupid as this gets brought up to be discussed. Oh well, I guess part of everyone has the right to voicing their opinion is needing to listen to people who shouldn't be listened to from time to time.
 
I feel sorry for the poor kid who has that woman as his mother. Nothings worse then an overprotective uptight parent(s). Had a friend with a pair, the religious sort, in high school, and man was that kid miserable. He couldn't relate to anything anyone would be talking about because his parents wouldn't let him see/watch/read/play anything that 99% of people out there did. He had a hard time making any friends because he could never join in any of the conversations people would have, because he never knew what anyone was talking about.
Lunarmothon May 11, 2010 at 1:26 a.m.
I'm glad the  committee took a look at the book before just banning it. I guess if your going to ban a book using a committee that someone haves to read it, and I guessing it was that guy (I wonder if some book get ban and not read that way??? Scary  thought). I glad that saw the merit in it and keep it.  
So... Sweet.
Tempestangelon May 11, 2010 at 3:08 a.m.
@Lunarmoth: Me too... Peggy Salazar huh?... *Goes over to Light Yagami Page* Kira.... we have a threat......  (lol I kid)
FoxxFireArt moderator on May 11, 2010 at 4:34 a.m.
@GodLen said:
" @FoxxFireArt: no they are in the school library, which is really unfair because I never had manga in my High School library.  "
To quote Babs:

" Monitoring your own child's reading is one thing, but forcing your personal judgment on all children is quite another "

Retnexon May 11, 2010 at 6:39 a.m.
Lol, sounds like that one guy actually read the whole series
radhounecharbibon May 11, 2010 at 9:56 a.m.
Stupid censorship has reared its ugly nose in popular media once again.
 
I think banning media with controversial themes is just a scape goat or avoidance of the main problem behind these social problems: bad parenting.
Jeuston May 11, 2010 at 10:16 a.m.
@radhounecharbib said:

" Stupid censorship has reared its ugly nose in popular media once again.  I think banning media with controversial themes is just a scape goat or avoidance of the main problem behind these social problems: bad parenting. "

And violence everywhere.
Burntlettuceon May 11, 2010 at 10:53 a.m.
So glad these schools are spending their time efficiently.    
Mikenon May 11, 2010 at 1:28 p.m.
I wonder...did she push for the ban after simply flipping through the first volume or so or reading a summary? At the very least, I'm happy the committee found the time to actually look into the series and formulate its own conclusion instead of instantly bowing before her own self-righteousness.  Death Note does feature a subject that may be touchy to some more-protective parents, but it really isn't the horrible "handbook for killers" that some people make it out to be.
 
Like the committee member said -- kids in High School are at that stage when they want to shape their own world view -- they try to find their own definition of morals and justice in that time and Death Note really does give a good look at those two topics. Both sides believe that they are in the right and both sides have "justice" on their sides -- making the series a prime place for the reader to channel one's inner debate over whose kind of "right" is right. 
 
ninjadude853on May 11, 2010 at 1:30 p.m.
im not surprised they turned it down, but i am surprised that the vote was unaminous
sotyfan16on May 11, 2010 at 2:19 p.m.

If Death Note gets banned over someone having the ability to kill people, then won't 3/4 of the books and manga ever made be banned? Let alone if you look at the manga it is FICTION and there is currently no way to kill people with their name and face in mind. If Death Note was taken off then why not To Kill a Mocking Bird or Huckleberry Fin for racism and the like? Though, I own Huck Fin and it's a great book.

jamdownon May 11, 2010 at 6:57 p.m.

hahaha the next story was titled "New rule for sex offenders", and death notes gave light to alot of questions that i had about life and morality and what would happen if a person was given the chance to kill at his or her own will.    
RiverJeanon May 12, 2010 at 8:01 a.m.
you'd like by the time one is in high school, you'd know people won't drop dead just because you wrote their name on a piece of paper.... even if it is on official "Death Note" anime product from Japan.
Swayhavenon May 15, 2010 at 7:16 a.m.
Parents really tick me off, nowadays, this is why I love home-schooling. I bet that lady hasn't read more than the first chapter or a summary of the series, I was going to rant about the stupidity of this argument, but most everyone already covered what I have to say.
SilvarusLupuson May 16, 2010 at 9:47 p.m.
The news was wrong! Light needs a name and a face to kill someone! *end of fan rage*
 
In all seriousness, I'm glad it looks like the board read the book. And I wanna know if that lady actually read the book, or looked up a summary on google.  
 
It's also fairly obvious to see that Light's sense of justice is warped and he just ends up killing anyone who gets in his way, since he does kill cops and other non-criminals.

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