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"Slaughterhouse Five" ban is reversed – sort of – at a Missouri school

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In fact, the Republic school board revised its book policy entirely. Under the revised policy, the board said it will allow challenged books to be kept in a secure section of all Republic school libraries. Only parents who allow their children to read a challenged book will be allowed to check the book out, according to the Houston Chronicle.

"It does keep the books there in the library, and if parents want their kids to read the book, by all means come and check it out," said Superintendent Vern Minor. "It still puts the decision in parents' hands."

Minor told the Houston Chronicle that the uproar over Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse” was the catalyst for a new books policy at the Republic High School.

"The book challenge actually created an opportunity for us as a school district, not just to look at the three books in isolation but to also develop a set of standards that we could use from this point forward," Minor said. "Those standards would do two things for us – help us resolve the public complaint ... and establish parameters to help staff make decisions in the future."

Already, the decision has many upset. The National Coalition Against Censorship, among others, called the restricted area of the library “a literary gulag” and said the decision to keep books there “undermines the intellectual freedom of students and teachers.”

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