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Meridian School District Removes Sherman Alexie Novel From Curriculum

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Trustees at the Meridian School District in southwest Idaho have voted to remove an award winning novel from the school's curriculum 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 Brady Kissel brought a petition with 350 signatures asking the board to keep the book.

But most of the 100 people who attended the meeting spoke against keeping the book.

Correction: The original version of this story reported the trustees' decision as a ban.  The book has not been banned from the district. It is still available in school libraries. The Statesman clarifies in a Thursday article that the book was removed from a supplemental reading list for 10th graders.