Posted on March 16, 2022 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Students across the country are joining librarians and other freedom-to-read advocates in fighting book bans.
The latest example comes out of Cary, North Carolina, where two seniors spoke in favor of keeping a challenged book — Lawn Boy, by Jonathan Evison — at a school board meeting.
Local TV station Spectrum News 1 reports that Emerson Phillips and Sage Clausen, leaders of Cary High School's Ideas Club, told members that it's important for readers to find representation in literature — and to learn about experiences completely different from their own.
"Just because you might feel uncomfortable with the subject matter in a book doesn’t mean that everyone should be unable to access it," Clausen said.
The board voted to deny the request to remove Lawn Boy from the school library; additional members of the Ideas Club plan to discuss it and other challenged books at next week's school board meeting, even though the issue isn't on the agenda.
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