Posted on 02/12/2021 at 02:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A Utah school district has suspended its Diversity Equity Council and a book-bundle program that the council oversaw … over a book-related situation that was entirely unrelated.

A student at Horizon Elementary School in Murray, Utah, brought the book Call Me Max — about a transgender boy — to class and asked the teacher to read it out loud.

Some parents who heard about the content matter complained to the district, which decided to suspend the equity council and its book-bundle program so that it could review all the titles offered — even though Call Me Max isn’t among the selection, reports BookRiot.

A district spokesperson told the Salt Lake Tribune that the teacher had made a mistake in agreeing to read the book out loud and that it wasn’t age-appropriate. 

But the book’s author, Kyle Lukoff, disagreed.

“It’s only a problem if you think that being transgender is itself wrong,” Lukoff said, also in the Salt Lake Tribune. “And it’s not. That’s something the parent then has to work through.”

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