A committee of parents, teachers and administrators decided last Tuesday to permit fourth- and fifth-graders at Oak Meadows Elementary School in Menifee to use Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.
However, parents can opt to have their kids use an alternative dictionary.
The Riverside County district has 9 000 students and pulled the reference book last week after a parent complained about a child stumbling across the oral sex definition. That led to cries of censorship.
District policy called for setting up a committee to determine if the book was age-appropriate.
“The dictionary will go back to the classroom but the parents will be given the option to determine if they want their kids to have access to that dictionary,” district spokeswoman Betti Cadmus told the Los Angeles Times.
No one showed up to object at Tuesday’s meeting.
Menifee is about 80 miles southeast of Los Angeles. –– Los Angeles Times.
REPENT OR DIE: The son of a well-known American pastor has taken out an order of protection against his father, claiming he was threatened with a gun during an argument at a church over his lack of church attendance. The order of protection was filed by 32-year-old Michael Louis Colquitt against 60-year-old Joe Colquitt, pastor of St John Missionary Baptist Church.
The younger man told police his father pulled out a handgun when they met at the church to discuss church attendance. He told officers his father pointed the gun at him and threatened to kill him, his wife and family.
Joe Colquitt declined to comment when contacted. –– AP.
OOPS!: Rapper Busta Rhymes is said to have suffered an embarrassing moment during a gig in Copenhagen. He picked on a member of the audience for not standing up –– unaware the fan was in a wheelchair. Busta told the crowd: “I didn’t come from the other end of the world to see people sit on their ass. Everybody get up.”
He’s then reported to have picked on one man in the front row, not noticing he was in a wheelchair. A spokesman for his label BMG said: “Busta is very sorry for any offence and did not know the man was disabled”. –– The Sun.
DOG LAW WHETS DEBATE: A proposal to jail people who eat dog meat for up to 15 days has caused controversy in China, where dog meat is traditionally popular.
The first draft of a law against animal abuse, aiming to protect animals from being hurt or killed in a cruel manner, has been completed by a group of experts and will be raised for legislation this April, local media reported.
In particular, the draft suggested people caught eating dog or cat meat be jailed for up to 15 days and fined $733. Debate immediately swirled in Chinese media and Internet forums.
“Eating cats and dogs is a shameless barbarian thing. Anyone with humanity would not kill these loyal friends of ours,” a user named “Yuxiang999” posted on Xinhuanet.com.
Pet lovers’ associations have sprung up in Chinese cities, with one liberation group last year ramming a truck full of caged cats to rescue them from being shipped to southern restaurants.
While many Chinese enjoy rich dog meat, especially during cold winters, some object to the practice in some regions of beating dogs to death to release the blood into the meat.
An official of Leping, a city that has a traditional catering industry based on dog meat, told the Jiangxi News that the local economy and people’s life would be terribly hurt by such a law. –– Reuters.