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Banned Book Week

September 26-October 3, 2009

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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story

2009

Banned for just four days from the Beulah (ND) High School library. Two school employees followed school policy to request removing the book after their son brought it home from an accelerated-reading program, in which students pick from a couple of hundred titles. The parents said the 1994 best-seller was too pornographic and at odds with student behavior promoted in the school handbook. The board reversed its decision at the encouragement of the board president, who said the board moved too fast and unleashed a possible court case it would never win. He said there might be more palatible alternatives, like creating a list of restricted books that parents would have to approve before their children can check them out. A decision to review school policies and investigate less-restrictive means to control library books was approed by the school board.


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