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Republic Brings Two Banned Books Back, With Strings

Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five” and Sarah Ockler’s “Twenty Boy Summer” can only be checked out by parents of students in the Republic District.

For Julia Whitehead and the other members of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in Indianapolis, the partial lift on the ban was reassuring, to a point.

“I was thrilled to see the headline that suggested that the school board had decided to lift the ban until I realized that it didn’t really happen,”

Whitehead questions whether those who oppose books like “Slaughterhouse-Five” have actually fully read and understood the books.

“They should do a little bit of scholarly analysis before they make decisions for students and parents in their school district,”

The books were originally banned in July after complaints were made that the books carried inappropriate material.

That decision was reversed Monday evening following a heated debate before a packed meeting room.

 KSMU attempted to contact the superintendent of the Republic School District, Dr. Vern Minor, but did not receive a call back. 

For KSMU News, I'm Justin Lux.