Board votes to remove book on sexuality from Spring Lake HS library

SPRING LAKE — The Spring Lake Public Schools Board voted Monday, Oct. 17, to remove a book dealing with gender and sexuality from the high school library, reversing a decision by the district’s Material Review Committee.

“Gender Queer,” a memoir by Maia Kobabe, is about the author’s struggles related to gender identity and sexuality.

During a packed meeting, the board voted 4-3 to remove the book from the district’s high school library. The book will still be available through a school counselor, social worker or school psychologist with parental consent.

Board member Chris Beck had proposed removing the book with that exception. Beck said he feared the ban would lead to a “slippery slope” of book banning, but he remained concerned about the “visual graphics” in the book.

Curt Theune, another board member who voted to remove the book from the library, agreed with Beck about the “visually graphic” images in the memoir.

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