Students, parents clash over proposed book ban

By Scott Finn 

In September, two critically-acclaimed novels by southern writer Pat Conroy were suspended from a Nitro High School Advanced Placement Literature Class. The parents of two students complained about graphic scenes of sex and violence in the novels “Beach Music” and “The Prince of Tides. 

The Kanawha County school board is trying to decide whether to ban the books, or allow them to remain as part of the curriculum. The decision could affect other AP classes, such as at George Washington High School in Charleston. 

Last night, board members heard from both supporters and opponents of the books. It’s a fight that reminds some of the Kanawha County textbook wars of the 1970s, when parents pulled thousands of children from the schools in protest of so-called “Godless textbooks.”

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