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NCSD Board of Trustees receives public comment on banning books

NCSD Board of Trustees hears public comment on parent proposed book ban
NCSD Board of Trustees hears public comment on parent proposed book ban(Travis Mitchell)
Published: Jan. 11, 2022 at 12:30 AM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Natrona County School Districts Board of Trustees held their first meeting of the new year on Monday January 10, 2022. During the meeting parents, students, and teachers alike all voiced their opinion during the public comment section about a book ban that was proposed by some concerned parents at the previous NCSD board meeting. The proposed ban would eliminate some certain selections from school libraries that were found to be offensive by these parents.

The books that were proposed to be banned included material that heavily involved gender and sexuality. Many of the speakers at the January 10 meeting opposed the book ban, saying that it could lead to banning more and more books in the schools. Some speakers also cited that classics such as To Kill A Mockingbird and The Grapes Of Wrath may also be considered offensive.

The school board had heard multiple informal complaints at their previous meeting but as of January 10, 2022 had yet to see any formal complaints filed. If a formal complaint is filed against a book then the NCSD will review the material and judge whether or not the book is appropriate literature for the district.

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