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Delaware ACLU Requests Cape Henlopen School District to Reverse “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” Ban

The American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware is urging the Cape Henlopen School District to rescind the removal of the book “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” from district summer reading lists.

Delaware ACLU Requests Cape Henlopen School District to Reverse “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” Ban

The American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware is urging the Cape Henlopen School District to rescind the removal of the book “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” from district summer reading lists.

“The violation is indisputable,” said Richard Morse, ACLU of Delaware legal director. “The board should recognize at its forthcoming meeting that the decision was a nullity. The district must start over and follow its rules if people still want to press the matter.”

The ACLU says the decision is inconsistent with other books being allowed to be read.

“Dislike for a book’s message and fear of controversy and negativity are not constitutional bases for the board to reject a book selected by education professionals,” Morse said. “Schools have a legal obligation to allow the free and open exchange of ideas and information. Removing a book for those reasons violates students’ First Amendment rights and stifles academic freedom.”

The organization also says the ban doesn’t follow the district’s own policy of community consideration.

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