Detroit Evening Report: Dearborn school board meeting about book bans draws hundreds

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Hundreds attend Dearborn School Board's meeting about six books under review.

Attendees pack a Dearborn school board meeting discussing six books that are under review if they should stay in the district's school libraries on October 13, 2022.

The removal of at least six books from Dearborn school libraries was the focus for hundreds who attended Thursday’s Board of Education meeting.

Many supported banning the books under review, which include titles such as “This Book is Gay” by Jono Dawson. Supporters of the book removals say they contain sexual themes that are inappropriate for kids. The full list of books under review by the district’s new Book Reconsideration Committee are:

  • “Push” by Sapphire;
  • “The Lovely Bones” by Alice Sebold;
  • “Eleanor and Park” by Rainbow Rowell;
  • “Red, White and Royal Blue” by Casey McQuiston;
  • “All Boys Aren’t Blue” by George M. Johnson; and
  • “This Book is Gay” by Juno Dawson.

Yasmine Roukiaya is a writer who has children in the Dearborn public schools. She says banning books sends the wrong message.

“How are you going to look at other people in your community that are queer and deny them books on the shelves, deny them a place at the table just because you feel uncomfortable by something that you don’t really understand or don’t really care to understand,” commented Roukiaya.

Dearborn school officials state some of the books in question have never been checked out by students.

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  • Jerome Vaughn

    Jerome Vaughn is News Director at 101.9 WDET. His interest in news reporting began when he was five years old, after his mom bought him a yellow Panasonic ball and chain radio.