Ever the bastions of calm and rational thinking (!?) commenters on Mumsnet, a very popular ‘advice’ and debate website, are calling for a certain Jacqueline Wilson book to be banned.
The book in question is Love Lessons which deals with an inappropriate teacher/pupil relationship. One Mumsnet commenter posted her concerns after she reread the book while “on a nostalgia kick” but was shocked at how differently she felt about the book’s themes now.
The story revolves around a home-educated 14 year old girl, Prue, who is sent to a local school when her father falls ill. She doesn’t enjoy it at all, unlike her younger sister who adapts well, and Prue finds her only solace is the art lessons. The art teacher, Keith ‘Rax’ Raxberry, is kind to Prue and she soon develops a crush on him. Their relationship eventually becomes wholly inappropriate, others find out about the ‘make out sessions’, and Prue leaves the school but the teacher remains in his position as an art teacher.