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New Prairie to Hear New Round of Book Challenges

(New Carlisle, IN) - The New Prairie Board of School Trustees will hear another round of library book objections.


In January, the board voted to retain five books in the middle school library, despite claims that they contain offensive or otherwise objectionable material. One book was moved from the middle school to the high school library. 


Eight different books are now on the chopping block. They include the following titles: The Poet X, Friction, Me & Earl and the Dying Girl, Smoke, Glass, Impulse, Burned, and Crank. The books are being challenged for their graphic descriptions of sexual acts and for obscene language and drug usage.


On Monday night, March 18th, New Prairie community members are invited to a special meeting to discuss the issue.


According to a statement by the school board, their specially appointed book review committee has already made a recommendation on the books. The board will not be making any decision to ban the titles. Based on public feedback, they will either retain the books or study the matter further.


Monday’s meeting will take place at the school district offices beginning at 6:00 p.m. Central Time.

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