Nixa school board bans books amid contentious meeting

After two hours of public comment, Nixa’s school board voted Thursday night to ban two books from their high school shelves and restrict another.

At their regular meeting, the board was tasked with deciding the fate of three of the sixteen books that had been challenged by parents. Of those, queer memoirs “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic” and “All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto” were banned.

A third book, “Homegoing” was restricted – meaning it will be provided to a student with parental permission but will not be placed on high school shelves.

“Fun Home” is the award-winning graphic memoir of Alison Bechdel – telling the story of her childhood as a lesbian and the strained relationship with her gay and closeted father.

Parent Carissa Corson requested the book to be removed for its graphic sexual content.

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