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Yertle the Turtle allowed back in Prince Rupert classrooms

In April 2012, the story of a Dr. Seuss quote that was apparently banned in a Prince Rupert classroom went viral, making headlines in the Globe and Mail, the Gawker blog network, and even the Atlantic.The school district told CBC that it's not Yertle the Turtle that was banned, but political action in the classroom. They argued that quotes from the Dr. Seuss story on t-shirts and buttons in the context of an ongoing dispute were political in nature.

Today, the B.C. Teacher's Federation is calling an arbitration settlement a victory for freedom of speech. Teachers who were disciplined have received apologies, and disciplinary letters have been removed from their files. Joanna Larsen of the BCTF says she expects this case to set a new precedent for freedom of expression.

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