May 19, 2022

Oregon: Book Ignites Controversy at School Board Meeting

From the AP (via Seattle P-I)

The story of a young woman growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution ignited controversy at an Oregon school board meeting.

Some parents complained Tuesday night that students should not be allowed to read the book “Persepolis” without parental approval. The novel by Marjane Satrapi contains coarse language and scenes of torture, and it’s in high school libraries within the Three Rivers School District in southwest Oregon.


Vikki Johnson, meanwhile, said she would pull her children out of the district if they came home with a book like “Persepolis.”

Johnson said she was offended by [Kate] Dwyer [school board member who works as a librarian for the private, nonprofit Josephine Community Libraries] “undermining a parent’s authority” over what books are available to their kids and inserting her approval of the book when a parent complained.

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