Texas Teacher Warns Parents About Influence of Anime

Published on November 17th, 2021

A middle school principal from Texas, warned parents about the influence of anime on children, by sending emails to them.

Melanie Arias is a principal of Tuloso-Midway middle school who sent emails to parents warning them about anime. She described anime as “genre of graphic animation available to anyone on social media”. The email wrote:

“We have noticed that some students are being influenced by anime, a genre of graphic animation available to anyone on social media. Please be aware of what your child may be watching on their devices, while online. At Tuloso-Midway Middle School, we promote health and safety. We strive to surround our students around positive experiences that promote good decision making”

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Parents received this email on November 11, with no further details about why this kind of email was sent to them. However, anime fans can take a guess that some student might be enjoying anime on their school time, or the principal might have caught a glimpse of the “darker side” of the anime genre. The screenshot of this email was then shared to many Facebook groups.

Is anime a bad influence on children? Well, it depends on what kind of anime series are you watching. Anime as an entertainment medium is now so much bigger than it was 5 years ago. Anyone can easily access anime series like “Highschool dxd” or “Prison School“, which are obviously not made for middle schoolers. So, it is understandable that principal of middle school is concerned about the wrong kind of influence that anime could have on children.

Source: Kiii TV

12 thoughts on “Texas Teacher Warns Parents About Influence of Anime

  1. They’re right to do this. Nobody told my parents and I’ve been secretly building a Gundam in my spare time since I was 13

  2. Sorry but in the US, Teacher and Principal are NOT interchangeable. Principals have a degree in Education Administration, not Education.

  3. I think the principal is confusing “anime” and “hentai.” All hentai is anime, but not all anime is hentai.

  4. Yes my daughter likes these anime characters and they do have a dark side. You’d me surprised how many innocent cartoon characters have questionable material in the internet. They just give off a bad vibe altogether. Our children need content that promotes a positive self-esteem and good other qualities.

  5. As a anime fan I’m angry that the principal did not research about anime genres and what they are about and he did not said anything about other genres that are inside the anime community like harem, romance or yuri before even sending emails like this so he can warn the students parents. And now as a student myself the principal does have a point of view that the parents should check on what does the student is watching on their mobile phones or computers because the principal only saw the dark side of the anime community which is animes like highschool dxd and other anime that are similar to it.

  6. If parents can’t ask the reasonable and proper questions, or have a serious discussion about the subject, they don’t qualify to make precarious decisions of choice. Blind and careless assumption does not qualify automatically for a sound decision. It’s close to prejudice.

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