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Controversial book discussed at Danbury meeting

The school board listened to parents' comments and concerns. The school board listened to parents' comments and concerns.
DANBURY TOWNSHIP, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Parents packed a Danbury school board meeting Wednesday to speak their minds about a controversial book their eighth-grade students are reading.

The book, "Fallen Angels," has been banned in many other school districts, and now some parents want the same in Danbury.

Those against the book cite its foul language and graphic content, but others were for the book about the Vietnam War, for its historical content. All parents agreed, though, that parental consent should be required before students read it.

An executive session was held before the board meeting, where board members, the superintendent, four parents, and the eighth-grade teacher who assigned the book, met to discuss a solution.

"We reviewed the whole process…and said, ‘What can we do to make it better?'" Superintendent Dan Parent said. "It was brought up tonight that maybe we have to do a better job of communicating with the parents in terms of a solution."

Greg Dziak was one of the parents involved in the meeting. He said his 13-year-old step-daughter was required to read the book out loud in class, though he was never asked for his consent.

"Parents of students will be involved in picking the literature," Dziak said of future changes. "Next year there is also a new set of regulations for the schools on what they can and can't have…And I don't believe the book will be in the school next year."

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