A Response to Ms. Ana Thema:

When I see something that bothers me, I prefer to let it roll off my back and stay unbothered. However, Ms. Ana Thema’s post titled “Delinquent Caught!” really irritated me. For starters, it reminded me too much of a past situation I myself was in with our temporary headmistress. But most importantly, people should not ever be punished for possessing or reading a book, especially one that is as classic as Fahrenheit 451!

Does Ms. Ana Thema not see the irony in the burning of Miss Stark’s copy of the novel? If the burning of the book was a specific choice by Ms. Ana Thema, does that mean that she has read the book and understands the overall theme?

Books are outlets of creativity and allow the readers to escape into another world. No wonder this student wanted to escape: She’s stuck with an imbecile for a headmistress!

Learning about censorship and what is considered “good” and “bad” for people to read and do reminds me of the time when Delores Umbridge (Satan, but in pink) was in charge of Hogwarts. Every single day, she or one of her equally evil workers, would add a thing called an Educational Decree to the wall outside of the Great Hall. They were things were were not allowed to do, usually things that were absolutly ridiculous and assured some form of harmful punishment towards us students. She wanted to be in charge and these were her rules that she would enforce, not giving a damn if people were harmed.

One of the worst ones was the dismantling of student organizations and clubs. Isn’t it our right as a student at Hogwarts to have clubs and form groups? It felt very oppressing and I felt silenced.