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 16 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.

The board voted unanimously to remove “Fun Home.” Board members voted to restrict “Homegoing” except Bridget Bidinger, who voted to remove it. Five board members voted to remove “All Boys Aren’t Blue” — with Heather Zoromski and Mike Copeland moving to retain the book with restrictions.

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