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Murray School District brings back diversity-focused book program after being pulled

Posted at 7:14 PM, Feb 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-26 21:16:10-05

The Murray School District is bringing back its "Equity Book Bundles Program" following its suspension due to a parent's complaints about a book.

The school district temporarily pulled the program to review the books included in it — although the book in question, "Call Me Max" about a transgender boy — was not part of it. Rather, it was brought to school by an elementary school student who asked their teacher to read it aloud to the class.

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The district announced Friday that the suspension was lifted, and the books in the program will return to its school libraries. The decision was made following a study session with the district's Board of Education Thursday night.

Parents can view the books located in schools' libraries on the district website.

District spokesperson Doug Perry said the program, which is intended to give young students a chance to learn about inclusion and diversity, was suspended so they could review every book on their list to ensure similar concerns are not brought up again.