Nixa Schools bans books for the first time in nearly two decades

NIXA, Mo. – Nixa’s school board banned or restricted three books from their district.

A first in almost two decades.

“All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto” and “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic” were both banned, and a third book, “Homegoing,” was restricted.

“When it’s appealed to the board, the board takes all the information,” said Nixa School Board President Linda Daughtery. “We read the books, we review everything, and we make a decision based on what each individual person is seven members, what they think is best to include in all information.”

Earlier this year, the district received 17 complaints about books with mature themes. Only three came to the school board for consideration.

“The majority of these books were all about sexually explicit material or sexually explicit and graphic descriptions,” said library associate David Liss.

Opinions on the school board’s decision are divided. Some parents are happy with how the school board chose to decide.

“I think we’ve lost the value of protecting innocence,” said parent Jennifer Rosebrock. “I think it’s something really important. And I think it’s up to the parents to decide what they think you know, where they set the boundaries for their children.”

Another parent, Tamara Yancy, said the parents’ right to choose should not violate hers.

“If parents have a problem with that content, they are able to tell the librarians you know the librarians are able to note the account and prevent their children from checking those books out. But if they are removed from the library, I’m not even that chance, “said Yancy.” It simply is not even a choice for me. “

Both parents talk about what other options students should use now that these books are not available in school libraries.

“There are many other places for them to find these materials,” Rosebrock said. “I mean, they can buy it online. Amazon, Barnes and Noble. There are a lot of places where they can buy that material. They can go to the public library and find those books.”

“They are not all available in Christian County libraries,” Yancy said. “If I, as a Christian County resident, want a Greene County library card, I have to pay money. So there’s a barrier. Transportation. When we talk about students of non-driving age, there’s a barrier. There’s simply too many barriers, I feel there are places where it is not really a viable option. “

The Springfield-Greene County Library said, although they do not know if it is directly linked to the Nixa Board ruling, but they see more detentions on all of the books the board has ruled against.

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