The crisis over the censorship of Susanna Kaysen’s memoir “Girl, Interrupted” ended yesterday when the school board formally acknowledged the serious nature of the “lapse in judgement” which led to pages being torn from dozens of copies of the book. The books have all now been replaced with new, unexpurgated copies. At an unusually crowded school board meeting, a series of public speakers including students, teachers, parents, as well as, the president of the local teachers union, the president of the high school PTA, and a likely candidate for the upcoming school board elections all roundly condemned the decision to censor the book, expressed regret for the unfortunate incident with many declaring it was time to move on.
Superintendent Richard Organisciak read a series of three official statements from the board, his own office and the English department at New Rochelle High School. Video follows:
NOTE: I shot video of each speaker and as I get time I will do my best to post the video clips of each speaker.