Challenge Resolved in WI: Chinese Handcuffs and The Kite Runner.
From Waukesha Now:
Karen Tessman, a parent of a Waukesha West High School student, filed a complaint in July to have the books "The Kite Runner" and "Chinese Handcuffs" removed due to the "extreme violence" she said is depicted in each book.
Khaled Hosseini's "The Kite Runner," which was No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list, is part of the district's curriculum, having been previously approved by the district in 2006.
But the district's Consideration Committee, a subcommittee of the School Board, still took up the complaint on Wednesday.
"Chinese Handcuffs," a 1989 young adult novel written by Chris Crutcher, is not part of the district's curriculum but is housed in school libraries.
Tessman said at the meeting that the books are "desensitizing" students to violence.
"They don't need this kind of violence brought into their lives," Tessman said.
The challenge committee voted unanimously to keep the books in the school; Tessman plans to appeal to the school board.
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