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Highland Park HS reverses, drops ban of 7 books


DALLAS (AP) — Highland Park High School has reversed course and will let students read seven books removed from an approved list amid concerns about sex, abortion and rape references.

Highland Park Independent School District Superintendent Dawson Orr on Sunday night apologized for the disruption.

Orr says he decided earlier this month to suspend the seven titles that came under question by hundreds of parents. Orr says he acted in an attempt to de-escalate the conflict but his decision had the opposite effect.

Other parents and students challenged the ban on books including “The Glass Castle: A Memoir” by Jeannette Walls, about growing up in poverty, and “Song of Solomon” by Toni Morrison.


Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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