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Without a reading, book banned in Richland

Richland, Washington (AP) June 2011


The Richland school district is banning a book, even though the committee in charge of the decision did not read the book.

The Tri-City Herald reports that the district’s Instructional Materials Committee has decided to ban Sherman Alexie’s “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” because of profanity and sex scenes.

However, members of the committee made the decision based on student and teacher feedback. They conceded that they had not read the book.

The board voted 3-2 this past week to ban the book for all students, rejecting ideas to let older high school students read it.


 

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