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Cheyenne school officials vote to keep book in libraries

January 31, 2020 GMT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — School officials in Wyoming’s capital city have voted unanimously to allow a book to remain in school libraries without restrictions.

A parent complained about the book in November, saying it “praises normalization of the LGBTQ community.”

The book, “Drama,” by Raina Telgemeier, is a graphic novel in which a boy expresses his feelings for another boy.

The parent who complained, Josh Covill, told Laramie County School District No. 1 officials in Cheyenne the book is inappropriate for elementary school.

The book made the list of the American Library Association’s Top Ten Most Challenged Books from 2016 to 2018, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports.

A public hearing Thursday culminated in a vote by the District Reconsideration Committee to keep the book. Committee members pointed out the book isn’t required reading and said materials in school libraries should be diverse.

About 75 people attended the hearing. Most who spoke wanted the book to remain in school libraries.