Willard school board rejects request to remove book

The Willard school board voted not to fully remove a book from libraries at the middle and high schools, despite a parent’s appeal.

The 2020 book “How It All Blew Up” by Arvin Ahmadi will remain in both buildings but students will have to secure parental permission to check it out.

Parent Lizzie Nothum originally challenged the book in mid-September, saying it included curse words, innuendo and “very graphic sexual scenes.”

Committees formed to review the book ruled it should remain on the shelves at the high school but be restricted at the middle school. Nothum appealed the decisions to the board, which has the final say.

In split votes Thursday, the board upheld the committee’s decision at the middle school but partially overturned it at the high school, where access will now be restricted.

Motions to remove the book or allow it to remain on the high school shelves without restriction failed.

The 2020 book "How It Can Blew Up" by Arvin Ahmadi.

Board members Ron Crighton, Amanda Gooch, Devon Jarvis, and Matthew Young voted to keep the book restricted to the middle school. Kip Baker, Jason Dixon and David Menditto voted against. The board voted 6-1, with Menditto opposed, to restrict the book to the high school.

According to the district, the book has been checked out six times at the middle school and nine times at the high school since the start of the 2022-23 year.

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