Last year, over 200 parents, students, and community members attended a school board hearing in Belleville, Wisconsin—to support keeping a controversial book in high school English classes. Wearing green “Keep the Book” stickers in a show of support, parents and students spoke passionately against censorship. (The book in question was “Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes,” which depicts teens facing problems such as bullying.)
The ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation supported the parents and students who chose to attend the event and support their teachers. In the end, board members agreed that peer-reviewed, modern selections of fiction are appropriate for their ninth graders and that options are available for parents who want their children to read alternatives.