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Meridian School District Removes Sherman Alexie Novel From Curriculum


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.