Taking a step away from Richard and Angela for a bit. This week’s 100 Word Challenge by VV is “Voice”. Today’s piece is about a woman in Texas whose voice has been taken away from her. Shelly is a storyteller in local schools.
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She lost her voice. She wasn’t sick. Her voice was simply taken. She had told a tale.
And she lost her voice.
The schools said “No more! No more will you come to tell your stories to our precious babies! They are only 12 years old.”
She reasoned, “Twelve is old enough to discern right from wrong; old enough to know when stories are told to teach a point, right?”
“Well, yes,” they reluctantly agreed. “But!”
The debate continues. My friend told a ghost story to fourth graders. People who did not even hear it complained. They took her voice.
Personally – I don’t know a 12 year old who does NOT like scarey ghost stories. My own grands would have loved Shelly’s tale – it is posted on her blog, btw. I’m sorry her voice is being taken. I hope justice prevails.