Coalition wants book restored at Pasco school

Wesley Chapel, Florida -- A national organization against censorship is asking the Pasco County school district to place "Paper Towns" by John Green back on the eighth-grade summer reading list at Long Middle School.

"This is a situation which you have one parent's objections making what is essentially an educational decision for all the other kids in the school," said Joan Bertin, executive director of the National Coalition Against Censorship.

The book was removed in June after a parent complained to a school board member about the book's language and sexual content.

"We're not censoring books. If moms and dads want to have their child read that book, that's fine with us," said Kurt Browning, Pasco schools superintendent.

The National Coalition Against Censorship emailed Browning and school board members Monday, asking them to restore the book.

Long Middle School removed the book from its list, but it remains on the shelves of libraries at several high schools.

The coalition argued that the removal violates the school board's policy that says complaints about books should be in writing and then be evaluated by a review committee.

So, were there any types of violation of policy when you removed the book from the reading list?

"I don't think so. No, no. A lot of times folks outside of Pasco County will read our policy and they will not read it in the context," said the superintendent.

Browning says that the "Paper Towns" is under review and no permanent decision has been made on its future.


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