HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (KABC) — Huntington Beach activists are pushing to remove one of Maya Angelou’s most famous books from school libraries. They say “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” includes material that’s not appropriate for children.
It was read aloud Monday night during the Huntington Beach City Council meeting, a scene from a book that depicts the rape of an 8-year-old girl. The excerpt is from the Maya Angelou memoir “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”
“I’m not happy to read this, I’m not proud to read this,” said Huntington Beach resident Judy Ahrens. “It’s very uncomfortable to read it, but for the sake of our kids we have to do things that aren’t comfortable for the sake of our kids.”
The people who decided to do this in a public forum say they’re upset the book can be found in school libraries in four separate school districts.
“It contains child molestation scenes, lesbian scenes, teen sex scenes and teen pregnancy scenes,” said Ocean View School Board Trustee John Briscoe. “And these are not matters for children in middle school or any elementary school.”