The CBC reports:
An eight-year-old girl in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. was told she’s no longer allowed to read books on the school bus because it poses a risk to the safety of other students.
Sarah Auger loves reading and used to enjoy using her 20-minute ride to and from school to read for pleasure.
But recently, her bus driver told her she had to stop. She says she was told reading posed a risk to other students on the bus.
He suggested they might stand up to see what she was reading, or she might poke herself in the eye with the corners of the book.
Yes, a child may be smart enough to read, but the bus driver thinks she’s not smart enough to know How Not To Put Her Eye Out.
I can’t speak for you but I for one would like to know exactly what that bus driver does with books that blinding yourself is a possible outcome. (I know that we sometimes joke about certain booklovers having a book fetish, but I always thought that was hyperbole.)
Do you suppose that bus driver grew up in an area with “urban” librarians – ones who would throw a book at you rather than simply hand it to you? That could explain the bus driver’s concern.
While I will admit to having sometimes injured myself when reading and walking, those injuries were caused by walking into trees, signs, furniture, and people, and not from the book itself.
Aside from the time I dropped the three-volume boxed set of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire on my foot, the worst injury I’ve ever gotten from a book was a paper cut.
Are books really that dangerous? Did I miss something?
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