Schools Keep Books Parents Opposed

November 11, 1990

Two books challenged by parents - C.S. Lewis'"The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" and "Kids Having Kids: The Unwed Teenage Parent" by Janet Bode--will remain in Howard County schools.

Joan M. Palmer, associate superintendent of curriculum and supervision, announced last week that she would follow the recommendation of a school system review commitee to keep both books in school libraries.

The review commitee met early last week after receiving one parent's complaint that "The Loin, The Witch and The Wardrobe" was "filled with graphic violence, mysticism and gore."

The committee voted unanimously to retain the book in the language arts program and in elementary school libraries, reported spokeswoman Patti P.

Vierkant.

Another parent objected tothe book on teen pregancy on the grounds that the material should not be read by young adolescents.

The committee vote to retain "Kids Having Kids" in middle school media centers was also unanimous, Vierkant reported;

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