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Posted: June 14, 2013 11:50 a.m.

Superintendent must revisit book decision

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Clarke County's school board has decided that its superintendent must reconsider his decision to allow a book in classrooms after it drew objections by parents.

Administrators felt the book should not be removed from schools, and that its themes spoke directly to many of the district's students. Superintendent Philip Lanoue decided parents could opt out if they didn't want their children to read "And the Earth Did Not Devour Him" by Tomas Rivera.

Parents of a seventh-grader had asked school officials to prohibit the book from being part of a class reading list, saying a paragraph in the book is full of offensive language.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that most school board members agreed with the parents and voted 5-2 Thursday to ask the superintendent to reconsider his decision.

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