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Merrill school board votes to keep controversial book


MERRILL (WAOW) -- The Merrill School Board has voted to keep a controversial book in its curriculum and high school library.

The board voted unanimously to keep "Montana 1948" in its high school library. Members also voted 6 to 2 to keep it in its curriculum.

This followed a months-long push by some community members to ban the book. Several dozen people attended a public hearing Thursday. Several spoke in favor of banning "Montana 1948," calling it sexually explicit and immoral.

"There are so many good pieces of literature out there that can touch on the same social issues and the same issues that they're trying to educate on through this book," said Merrill resident Dorly Dahlke.

But the administration argued the book was appropriate and relevant to students. It's been in the school curriculum for 12 years.

One woman who attended the board meeting said the opinions of a minority of people should not result in the book being banned.

"They just cannot be allowed to come and decide for the majority what should be read in the classroom," said Merrill resident Karen Nocco. "We hire administration to do that. We have teachers to do that."

Merrill Area Public Schools Interim Superintendent Bruce Anderson told Newsline 9 he felt Thursday's board meeting was civil, and that everyone expressed their opinions respectfully.

Online Reporter: Daniel Woodruff

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