Parent wants "Fahrenheit 451" banned
In what reads like a piece from the The Onion, a parent in a school district outside Houston, Texas has issued a formal challenge against allowing Ray Bradbury's novel Fahrenheit 451 in the local high school curriculum. Alton Verm said his 15-year-old daughter had come to him with reservations about this anti-book burning novel because of its language. After perusing the book, Vern said it contained "just all kinds of filth," and listed among its offenses descriptions of cigarette smoking, drunkeness, "dirty talk," references to the Bible and using God's name in vain. Vern's daughter and another student have been allowed to read an alternative novel with a similar theme to Fahrenheit 451.