all know the story of Little Red Riding Hood. The sweet fairytale
of a girl on her way to visit her sick grandmoter was told to probably
every child throughout the world. Or was it? According to some,
it wasn't just a harmless tale: In 1989, Little Red Riding Hood
was banned in some school districts around the country.
There is an edition of Little Red Riding Hood called Little
Red Cap. In this story, much like the other, the girl
was going to visit her weak, ill grandmother. Her mother told the
little girl to bring her grandmother wine and cake in order to cure
her. On the path to her grandmother's house, the little girl met
a wolf. She innocently told the wolf she was going to her grandmother's
house. The wolf ran to the house, ate the grandmother, put on her
clothes, and got in her bed awaiting the arrival of Little Red Cap.
When Little Red Cap finally got there, she noticed the unusually
large features of the wolf. "Grandmother," she said, "What big ears
you have╔What big eyes you have╔What large hands you have╔What a
terrible big mouth you have".
"The better to eat you with," the wolf replied. And eat her he did.
Then the wolf lay back down in the bed to take a nap. A hunter walked
by the house and thought he'd go in and check on the old woman.
He saw the wolf lying in the bed and figured he had eaten the grandmother.
Just as he was about to shoot the wolf, the hunter though, perhaps
if I cut open the wolf's stomache, the grandmother might still be
alive. So he cut open the wolf. Out jumped Little Red Cap and her
grandmother. School administrators found this story disturbing.
They were bothered by the fact that a young girl was bringing wine
to her grandmother.
felt that the children should not be exposed to the term "alcohol."
But I find it much more disturbing that not only did the wolf eat
both the girl and grandmother, but that the hunter cut open the
stomach of the wolf and saved two victims of a ridiculous situation.
If this version had been told to me as a child, I would have been
too traumatized by these disgusting events to even notice that she
was carrying "alcohol" to her grandmother.
School administrators were more concerned about the introduction
of the term "alcohol" to children than they were by the tale of
murder and animal brutality.