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Dubuque group to decide if book is appropriate for classroom use

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An 11-person committee is now officially formed to decide whether a book currently in curriculum is appropriate for the classroom.

The book is called "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky.

The book is on the American Library Association's list of top 100 banned/challenged books for 2000-2009.

Jodi Lockwood, parent of a Hempstead student, brought a reconsideration request to the Dubuque Community School District, alleging the book had controversial content.

"I was really just shocked," she said. "There were very graphic scenes, a graphic rape. There's just kind of off the hook drug and alcohol use."

The panel will now review the book to decide if it's appropriate for use in the classroom.

"I hope it doesn't feel like, oh book banner! I've got my mob and torches out, I don't want it to be that way. I want it to be a discussion about, is this the best content for our students? Could it actually be harming, unintentionally, some students?" said Lockwood.

Hempstead Senior Kayley Weiland is one of the three students on the panel.

"I think that's really awesome for our school district to be able to bring not only parents and teachers in it, but to bring students, and have students perspective on things, because we're the ones going through school," she said.

She says she read the book in eighth grade and will now read it again as a committee member.

"I don't think anything stuck out to me, but then again, it was so long ago that I read it. But I'm looking forward to reading it again with an open mind," she said.

The committee will meet again Thursday, Dec. 1st, where they will hear public comments as well.

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