Small Town Board Won't Ban Books

NW Indiana school board votes to support teachers' choices

A Northwest Indiana school board has rejected a call to ban three books from an 11th grade advanced English curriculum.

About 150 people attended The Delphi Community School Corp. board meeting Monday night to discuss the controversy that's rocked the small town located about 15 miles north of Lafayette.

A group of parents said that the books should not be assigned in class because of their sexual content and graphic language. The books, Bobbie Ann Mason's "In Country," Chris Crutcher's "Chinese Handcuffs" and Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye," are taught at Delphi High, a school with an enrollment of 515.

English teacher Pat Brettnacher said she's thankful that the board stood by its teachers with a vote of 5-1 in favor of keeping the titles in the curriculum.

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