Ahh, the library. It’s a wonderful place where imaginations run wild! And a Tampa Bay school system is trying to bring the library to it’s students through a virtual library called myOn, in which kids can look up all sorts of great topics.
Like real-crime mysteries, murders and check out autopsy photos!
What? They didn’t have that at your elementary school?
Granted, stumbling on true-crime photos was an awesome surprise when I was little. I think all kids have a morbid curiosity that they explore, whether it’s because their pet died or they heard about something on the news, death and murder is an intriguing topic at any age. I ended up being more fascinated with side show acts at the circus than murders, but just head to a Ripley’s Believe it or Not! museum and you will get a wild dose of all of that gross, weird and awful stuff. Apparently, the parents of Hillsborough County were not so enthusiastic.
To be fair, I’m not so sure little kids should be stumbling on shit like this either, but I’m not one to ban books. Besides, in the age of the interwebs, those kids are going to see a lot worse a lot sooner than we ever did. So instead of acting like this never happened, maybe the parents should use the opportunity to talk about life and death, murder and other things with their kids, instead of trying to bar their precious eyes. They will get over it. Maybe they will even go into a career in science! But pretending like your little Johnny who probably plays ultra violent video games is going to be scarred from this encounter with a dead body in a book won’t do him any good.