Northview Public Schools rejects appeal to remove 8 books from district shelves

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Northview Public Schools (NPS) has denied an appeal seeking to remove eight books from district shelves.

The news comes after a “concerned citizen” asked the NPS to remove the books last year because of “sexually explicit material.”

The books in question are only available to students aged 7 and oldere and 12e Numbers. A committee looked at them and decided that the books were suitable for that age group. Those books are:

  • Kingdom As by Sarah J. Mass
  • Fun Home: a family tragicomic story by Alison Bechdel
  • Push by Sapphire
  • Not all boys are blue by George M Johnson
  • Lawn boy by Jonathan Evison
  • Tricks by Ellen Hopkins
  • Me, Earl, and the dying girl by Jesse Andrews
  • The bluest eye by Toni Morrison

That decision was later appealed, which the Board of Education denied Wednesday night, meaning the books will remain accessible to students.
NPS released the following statement:

“Northview Public Schools is committed to fostering and maintaining a strong community partnership that we are proud of. As part of this commitment, the Board of Education has carefully established policies, guidelines and procedures designed to assess instructional materials across the district. Thanks to the thorough work of the district’s Book Review Committee and Board of Education, the decision was made to keep the selection of reading books accessible to students as they are now on the shelves. The petitioner’s appeal was dismissed. The district disagrees that none of the eight books in the complaint meet the definition of sexually explicit material harmful to minors when read in their entirety and considered as a whole.

“While this matter is now final, we will continue to review our curriculum and board policies regarding study materials to ensure they meet the needs of our students and community standards. We are committed to maintaining a culture of collaboration with our community and value the input we receive from our residents as we are all committed to providing a high-quality education to our students.”

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