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Ban Busted: 7 Books Reinstated at Highland Park High

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HIGHLAND PARK — Alright students, the books are back on the shelf!

Highland Park ISD released a letter late Sunday saying the seven books the district suspended aren’t suspended anymore.  Parents pushed to get rid of titles on the 10th graders’ reading list, saying the content was too suggestive, while other parents said the school wasn’t following protocol when they suspended the books in the first place.

In an interview on September 14, parent Natalie Davis said, “It says in the policies that access will not be restricted while a book is being challenged,” when asked about the potential ban.

The district agreed.  “I take full responsibility for the decision, and I apologize for the disruption it has caused,” HPISD Superintendent Dr. Dawson Orr said in a letter.

Folks we met are happy the books are back.

“When I was growing up, you fall down, you get yourself up. No one was there to just pat me on the back. We’re letting them down by just keeping them concealed from everything,” Roger Durham said.

“They’re in 10th grade; they’re going to learn and hear about all these things anyway.  They might as well do it through a book.They could go read them when they’re not at school,” Erica Johnson mentioned.

“…correct way by being taught that, versus just learning it from friends or off the street. If the teachers approved it, it should be okay,” Connie Burton added.

Not everyone is ‘a-ok’ with this. There’s already one book that’s on the chopping block…again.  The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein will have to go to a reconsideration committee.  Apparently, a parent has filed a challenge over a passage involving a 15-year-old girl who makes advances on a much older guy, then reports a rape.  The whole story is told from the point of view of a dog.

Guess we will have to wait to find out how this tale ends.

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