The Meridian School Board voted 2-1, with one trustee absent and the chair only voting to break a tie, to keep The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian off the Meridian School District's supplemental reading list. It dismissed an earlier committee's recommendation that the book remain on the list, but accessible to students with a parent or guardian's permission.
The Board made its decision after more than 2 hours of public testimony. During the summer months, the Board will reconsider Diary's place on supplemental reading lists and seek a suitable replacement for the book that covers Native American themes at a higher reading level.
But for Ryndy Williams, a parent of three Rocky Mountain High School graduates and an organizer against attempts to remove the Harry Potter series from Meridian schools, the decision to remove the book from the supplemental reading list was appeasement of a vocal group that wanted the book off the list for its use of foul language and references to masturbation.
"The only emotion that was really there was the opposition. There were a lot of young ladies who were in near-hysteria about how impure the book was," she said.
"I'm a little bit aghast at how things went down. It just kind of floors me," she said.