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Meridian School District votes to remove novel

Published On: Apr 02 2014 07:55:47 AM MDT
MERIDIAN, Idaho -

 Trustees at the Meridian School District in southwest Idaho have voted to remove an award winning novel after some parents complained.
    
The Idaho Statesman reports in a story on Wednesday that trustees voted 2-1 to keep in place a hold on "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie.
    
The National Book Award winning novel is narrated by a 14-year-old whose transfer makes him the only Native American in an all-white school.
    
Objections are based on discussions of sex, abuse, alcoholism, or on racist or profane statements from some characters.
    
Mountain View High School student Therese Kissel brought a petition with 350 signatures asking the board to keep the book.
    
But most of the 100 people who came to the meeting spoke against keeping the book.