It seems parents in Meridian School District in Idaho convinced administrators to ban Sherman Alexie's novel Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian from the Grade 10 curriculum, claiming the book contained inappropriate language and sexual activity. Students, unhappy with the decision, launched a petition and collected over 350 student signatures. The ban was upheld, and students, in response, held a protest where they distributed free copies of the book to those who had signed the petition. That's when parents called the police.
The Western Canada High School Library supports the principles of intellectual freedom, and respects your right to freely choose reading material. We work to build a library collection that gives our school community access to a broad spectrum of ideas, and a diversity of viewpoints. We select our resources based on their individual strengths, and never make decisions about including or excluding a book on the basis of controversial content, language or topic.
Incidentally - Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian was first published in 2007 to critical acclaim. It was a National Book Award Winner, was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2007, won Best Book of the Year from Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and Horn Book, and was selected as Best Young Adult Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews and the American Library Association. It's a wonderfully poignant, funny and thought-provoking novel, and I highly recommend it.
You can find Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and other novels by Sherman Alexie in the WCHS Library collection.