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Cape School Board Removes Book From Summer Reading List

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LEWES, Del. - The Cape Henlopen School Board removed "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" from its summer reading list for incoming freshman because of inappropriate language.

The book written by Emily Danforth was on the suggested Blue Hen reading list compiled by the Delaware Library Association. This list is comprised of young adult novels that the librarians deemed relatable and age-appropriate as well as valuable to student's education.

The board voted 6-1 to remove the novel that focuses on a young girl discovering she is a lesbian. Board member Sandi Minard said the content isn't a cause of concern, rather the use of too many curse words.

"As a school board, for us to have it on a suggested list we found that to be inappropriate," she said. "I wish I had the book here because if I read a page of it you would have to beep me."

Lewes Library's Teen Services Librarian Lea Tomer however said she thinks the book should be read by high schoolers.

"It tackles a lot of the sensitive issues that teens might not be comfortable speaking to anyone about," she explained. "So it's important that they see themselves in literature that they read."

 Some parents agree that a school shouldn't recommend a potentially inappropriate novel, like Cari Adams.

 "The books that are being pulled, I think we already have enough with Facebook and everything on the Internet and TV and cable," she said. "I don't think we need to influence any more than that, so they need to make their own decisions but we don't really need to push it through the school system."

Other parents however think they should be the ones to determine what's appropriate or not for their own children.

"Removing it removes one less option and actually will probably make the book more popular in the end," Nicole Carter said. "So if the parents don't want the student to read it than I understand that, that makes sense."

Minard said the book isn't banned however, just off the reading list. Students can still check it out of the library.

"That's semantics isn't it? I mean, it's okay to have it in their library, so kids no matter their age in the high school are still allowed to check it out, but they felt uncomfortable basically advocating it on their summer reading list," Tomer said. "So one half doesn't meet the other as far as I'm concerned."

Minard also said that other books on the list do have some inappropriate language as well, and the board will address that in the future.

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