By junior and senior high school years, we as students are being prepared for the real world. Censoring the books that we read will only make our transition into that world more difficult. In the case of “Tortilla Curtain,” rape is a serious thing and our English teachers make every effort to help their students understand that. By this time in high school, we are 16 or 17 years old. We know what rape is… If you have ever watched TV or movies, you will have been exposed to this subject. Censoring the book does nothing at all to truly stop us from hearing or reading about this sensitive subject. Therefore, it is much better that it be introduced to us by a teacher.        

Justin Cannell