Utah school district removes two books from libraries after parent complaint.
The Washington County School District in southern Utah will be removing the award-winning books “Out of Darkness” and “The Hate U Give,” communications director Steven Dunham told KTVX. The first book will hit high school shelves and the second will be deleted. elementary and middle schools.
“Out of Darkness” follows a romantic relationship between two teenage boys, a Mexican-American girl and an African-American boy, in Texas in the 1930s. “The Hate U Give” follows the life of a 16-year-old teenage girl after the the gunshot death of his childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The move comes after committees examined the books and found profanity and sexually explicit material, Dunham said. He said the school recognizes the rights of parents, but hopes parents also recognize that there are valuable lessons to be learned from the literature.
Another Utah school district, the Canyons, pulled several books for review last month after an email complaint. Libraries across the country have seen an increase in calls to revise or remove books from school libraries, as part of a renewed interest by curators in public education as a political issue.