Missouri school district reverses ruling on banned book


WENTZVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A suburban St. Louis school district has reversed its earlier decision to remove a book from its school libraries in the face of criticism and a class action lawsuit.

The Wentzville School Board on Friday accepted a review panel’s recommendation to keep Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye,” which it had previously banned because of its explicit depictions of sex, violence, rape and abuse. incest, reported the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Daniel Brice, vice president of the council, said the district should “tighten its policies” regarding certain books, but he noted that parents already have the right to request that certain titles not be available to their children.

The district made national news last month when it pulled “The Bluest Eye” from its high school libraries. The board has also temporarily banned other books while they are being reviewed.

Earlier this month, the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri sued the school district on behalf of two students.

“It’s good news, but the fact remains that six books are still prohibited. And Wentzville’s policies still allow any member of the community to force any book off the shelves, even when they shamelessly target books by and about communities of color, LGBTQ people, and other marginalized groups.” said Anthony Rothert, director of integrated advocacy for the ACLU of Missouri.


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