James Finn
1 min readJan 31, 2022

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It's like that time in Kansas when a 13-year-old was thrown off her school bus and then banned from it because she told her seatmate she's a lesbian.

During the ensuing investigation, it turned out that the bus driver punished the girl for that quiet declaration while ignoring constant profanity from other students that would make a sailor blush, that would make the way you worded your article here look tame.

The lawyer who wrote up the independent investigation expressed herself very professionally, but her attitude shined clearly between the lines. "Are you fucking kidding me?" she seemed to be saying.

Maus was banned for 8th graders, 13 year olds. I can assure those school board members that the 8th graders they're "protecting" from this book use way more fucking profanity everyday then they'll encounter in its pages.

Somebody in this whole story needs to grow up, and it's not the kids.

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James Finn

James Finn is an LGBTQ columnist, a former Air Force intelligence analyst, an alumnus of Act Up NY, and an agented but unpublished novelist.