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May 26, 2006

Debate over Book Ban in Arlington Heights, IL

from the Chicago Tribune:

More than 500 northwest suburban residents turned out Thursday night for a long and impassioned debate on a proposal to remove nine books from a high school district's reading list, which some said was an attempt at censorship but others supported as an effort to protect students from smut.

Board members of Arlington Heights-based Township High School District 214 listened to public comment for hours before a scheduled vote on whether to approve the purchase of curriculum material that included the nine books.

More than 350 people signed up to speak, and the meeting room at district headquarters was filled to capacity. Audio of the meeting was piped into an overflow room.

The controversy over the books erupted this month when board member Leslie Pinney flagged books that she said contained explicit sexual images, graphic violence and vulgar language inappropriate for students.

Read entire article here.

Posted by kstover2 at May 26, 2006 11:31 AM