AI schools could remove 5 controversial books from libraries


By Marcus McIntosh

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URBANDALE, Iowa (KCCI) – Five books could be pulled from school libraries in Urbandale this week. District leaders are meeting on Monday to decide whether the books are suitable for students.

It’s a smoldering debate for over a month after some parents led the charge to remove the stories.

A relative from Urbandale has disputed and filed a complaint about the book “Hey, Kiddo”, but it is not the only book on the chopping block.

The rest of the books deal with obscenity, violence, sexual content, and gender identity. These books are “Not All Boys Are Blue,” “Gender Queer,” “Lawn Boy,” and “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. “

The book “Hey, Kiddo,” a memoir about a child struggling with an addiction in his family, is being revised to determine if it is appropriate for students at Urbandale High School.

One parent says the book is full of what he calls vulgar language, saying it’s not the message but the language that makes him see red.

A member from Iowa joined the debate saying that students facing a similar experience might benefit from reading “Hey, Kiddo”.

The meeting of the Urbandale School Board will take place Monday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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