published Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Tennessee school bans novel over teen sex scene, author says passage conveys values

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    Sumner County schools’ assigned reading won’t include Looking for Alaska.
    Photo by The Tennessean /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

A two-page oral sex encounter by an awkward teen at boarding school in the coming-of-age novel Looking for Alaska was deemed too racy by Sumner County schools last week.

The district banned the book from its assigned classroom reading list, becoming at least the second in the state, after Knox County in March, to keep students from reading it together in class.

The teen novel is the first in several years to be stripped from Sumner classrooms. Wilson, Rutherford and Williamson county schools say they haven’t banned the book or any titles in recent years. Metro schools didn’t have information on the book as of Monday.

Read more at the Tennessean.

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