A controversial novel challenged by the parent of a Roanoke County high school student will not be banned, but school officials have chosen to restrict access to it. We have more on this story from reporter Courtney Cutright.
Here’s the full text of the release from Roanoke County schools:
CHALLENGED BOOK TO RETURN TO SHELVES, WITH RESTRICTIONS
Review committee restricts access to juniors and seniors
ROANOKE – Following a concern raised by a William Byrd H.S. parent about “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” a committee consisting of three librarians met to review the merits of the book, as required by Roanoke County Public Schools policy.
At the time of the challenge, the book was available in the libraries at William Byrd and Hidden Valley high schools. Copies of the book were pulled from the shelves during the review process.
The committee recommended that “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” be restricted to juniors and seniors only. Freshmen and sophomores may check out the book, with parental permission.
“I would like to thank the review committee for their diligence and thoroughness,” said Roanoke County Public Schools Superintendent Lorraine Lange. “The committee gave this concern careful consideration and we feel their recommendation is appropriate,” Dr. Lange said.
As a result of the committee’s recommendation, the book will be returned to the library shelves at William Byrd and Hidden Valley high schools.
The committee’s complete report is available on the Roanoke County Public Schools Web site at http://www.rcs.k12.va.us.