Recommendations From Reconsideration Committee Released

It calls for one book to be removed from FCPS libraries.

Frederick, Md (KM) The Reconsideration Committee set up by the Frederick County Public School System to review 35 books that three citizens requested be removed has released its final report.

The panel determined that 31 of those books should remain on school library shelves. They are:

A Court of Spark and Starlight by Sarah Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah Miles

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah Miles

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah Miles

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah Miles

All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson

Breathless by Jennifer Niven

Confess by Colleen Hoover

Damsel by Elana K. Arnold

Forever by Judy Blume

Forever For a Year by B.T. Goffred

I Never by Laura Hopper

Infandous by Elana Arnold

It’s Perfectly Normal Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex and Sexual Health by Robie Harris

Jack of Hearts (And Other Parts) by L. C. Rosen

Jesus Land: A Memoir by Julie Sheeres

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah Maas

Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison

Let’s Talk About It by Erika Moon

Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

Normal People: A Novel by Sally Rooney

People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins

Push by Sapphire

S.E.X. The All-You-Need-To-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties by Heather Corinna

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Sold by Patricia McCormick

Tricks by Ellen Hopkins.

Deogratis:  A Tale of Rwanda by J.P Stassen

Two books are recommended for removal from middle school libraries, but can remain in high school libraries. They are “Crank” by Ellen Hopkins and :”Empire of Storms” by Sarah Maas.

The Committee recommended that “Triangles: A Novel” by Ellen Hopkins be removed from circulation in Frederick County Public Schools The panel’s report said that the sexual scenes or problems faced by adults in this novel were not age-appropriate for high school students. One book entitled “Lucky” by Alice Sebold was removed because it was determined to be “factually inaccurate.”

The School System says Superintendent Doctor Cheryl Dyson concurs with the Committee recommendations, and each of the three complainants were notified of the Committee’s recommendations.

“Based on the Superintendent’s concurrence, any books that were deemed to remain in circulation will,” says Dr. Kevin Cuppett, the School System’s Chief Academic Officer.   “We would certainly go to the middle schools and remove the books from circulation that are no longer recommended at the middle school level, and we would remove the one from high school circulation that the committee felt should come out.”

Three citizens who filed the complaint were Cindy Rose, Maria Vignola and Nancy Allen.  They  can appeal the committee’s decision to the Board of Education.

Dr Cuppett says the School System is looking at installing a module so that parents can make a list of books they don’t want their children to check out of their school libraries.

By Kevin McManus