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Hanover chooses not to revoke book from school library

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Posted at 11:05 PM, Jun 14, 2022

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. -- The Hanover County School Board decided not to remove a book from school libraries that some parents found controversial during the board's Tuesday night meeting.

With a vote of 4-3, the board decided that the book "A Place Inside Of Me" will remain on shelves for students to check out. But it will now be placed in the poetry section in the library.

The book came under question after an appeal was made on it.

The book, published in 2020, explores the emotions of a young Black boy after a girl in his community is killed by police, according to publisher's website.

Some parents said the book was biased, and they didn't like the way that it portrayed police officers. They also said they felt the book was too mature to be in an elementary school library.

Librarians evaluated and advised the board that the book met standards for the elementary age group because it demonstrated the structure of poetry.

Following the vote, the board said they would review the process of how librarians approve books. They will continue to have discussions on that in work sessions.

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