Students protest book ban at Ind. school

November 24, 2008 9:11:16 PM PST
Students at a northwest Indiana high school are protesting the decision to ban a book from a ninth grade English class.The students voiced their concerns at a school board meeting in Portage Monday night.

A parent complained that the book The Perks of Being a Wallflower was not appropriate for students at Portage High School. A committee reviewed the complaint and agreed.

The students are upset that the decision was made without their input.

School officials heard the students concerns but decided the ban will remain.

"We are fighting, first and foremost, for our education, and secondly, for the teachers whose rights have been suppressed.

"The vocabulary and the sexual situations that are presented in that book, in my opinion in working with a lot of kids, it supercedes any educational or literary value the book may have," said Portage Township Schools Supt. Michael Berta.

The students say their protest will continue.

The book is still available in the school library.


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