@wherearetheadults - Please forgive me as it is never my intent to offend, only to comment on the obvious. You do seem to have much knowledge of the situation and bring up some valid points. One, you stated that teachers are unable to make known their frustrations to administration because administration signs their checks. I must question such a system. What kind of oppression must the teachers be facing if they are unable to voice any frustrations to the very people who should be there to hear them. And I always believed it was taxpayers that signed the checks of educators as they are employees of the state and the majority of taxpayers that have commented on this post seem to be in favor of the allowing the book to be read.
Second, you mentioned that the teachers are therefore taking out their frustrations on parents. I have been following this story in both print and media and find it interesting that the voice of the teachers has not been heard. Oppression. Opposition. Interesting to note whose voices are seemingly being oppressed.
@wherearetheadults - I don't believe there is any evidence here of one group condemning the others. If so, you are guilty of doing the same. You say, "everyone is different" and that we should not "...ridicule others that have a different opinion." Yet, you are condemning those who have commented for their opinion.
Herein lies the problem. We are all open to the opinions of others so long as they are in line with our own. We are all for acceptance and freedom of ideas as long as they do not cross our line of offense. Which is what the entire argument boils down to. So, some parents did not want their child to read the book. Ok, do not allow those children to read the book. However, in disallowing all children access to the book, we are promoting the exact opposite of acceptance of all opinions. Rather we are teaching them to accept only the opinions of those who speak out.
I believe the offense was not that some didn't want their children reading the book, but that those who opposed the book did exactly what they were opposed to. They took the choice of others away.