• Petitioned Adams 12 Schools’ Board of Education

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Adams 12 Schools’ Board of Education

Adams 12 School District: Remove developmentally inappropriate & graphic content from the instructional reading list.

    1. Concerned Citizens of Adams 12 Five Star School District
    2. Petition by

      Concerned Citizens of Adams 12 Five Star School District

      Westminster, CO

Educators hold a unique position of influence and are obligated to exercise care when selecting reading materials for classroom instruction.  The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) recognizes that while “the right of any individual…to read whatever he or she wants to read is basic to a democratic society…the teacher must exercise care to select or recommend works for class reading and group discussion” (NCTE, The Students’ Right to Read).

We are a concerned group of residents in the Adams 12 School District who want the books used for classroom instruction to reflect the same community standards of decency that are applied to other forms of media in the schools (e.g., computer usage, music, movies, student press). See policies 6240, 6260, 5035, 4185 at http://www.adams12.org/superintendent_policies

We are not seeking to censor or ban any book from school library collections or to hinder student access to reading material.  We simply do not want developmentally inappropriate and graphic books used for classroom instruction.  Ultimately, we desire a safe, supportive, respectful and productive learning environment for all students, as stated in the Adams 12 mission statement.

We are in the process of petitioning the Adams 12 Schools’ Board of Education on this issue. You are invited to sign our petition here.

We appreciate your support in this important matter.  

Adams 12 Schools’ Board of Education, Colorado
I support the removal of developmentally inappropriate and graphic content (e.g., The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison) from the approved instructional materials list.

I, too, want the books used for classroom instruction to reflect the same community standards of decency that are applied to other forms of media in our schools.

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Reached 500 signatures
    3. Petition Reopened

      Due to the overwhelming support we have received, we have decided to reopen the petition. Although many in-district signatures have already been submitted to the school board, your signature will help with additional phases of the book challenge. Thank you for signing!

    4. 7News Story about the Book Challenge!

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      Book battle in Adams County

      7/11 10 pm -- A battle over a book in Adams County. Jaclyn Allen talked to both sides of the issue.

    5. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Brian Dare THORNTON, CO
      • about 1 year ago

      It is very important that we educate our children with appropriate material, and that we do not expose them to material in school that would otherwise be considered criminal.

    • Martissa Spencer LAKEWOOD, CO
      • about 1 year ago

      Our children need a few years of protected childhood. Childhood used to be magical and special and important to adults. Our children do not need to be shot at physically, mentally or morally.

    • Sharon Taggart NORTHGLENN, CO
      • about 1 year ago

      None of what I read from this book is mentally or emotionally healthy for anyone especially for those that may have mental or emotional issues based on sexual abuse, assault, or rape. I can not believe that our school system could approve such a graphic book , maybe they are just ignorant of the ramifications that would occur from certain groups of kids reading this material.

    • Alexis Holden OGDEN, UT
      • about 1 year ago

      I am a educator. I feel strongly about helping children grow and learn in a developmentally appropriate way. The content in this book and others on this list are crude and inappropriate. The alternative- allowing children to go to the library by themselves- is shaming and a waste of time.

    • Helen Harris SANDY, UT
      • about 1 year ago

      Children should not be exposed to material that is inappropriate for their maturity and grade level. Adult books belong in the adult world.


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