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Looking for Depew

   There is no move afoot in Depew to ban the book "Looking for Alaska," but the 2006 novel has stirred up a bit of controversy in the school district.

   Parents were asked to sign a permission slip to allow their 11th-grade students to read it, because the book includes some sexual content. (Predictably, some of the kids signed their parent's name on the slip.) At a meeting last month when the topic came up, one parent called the book "pornographic."

   Word apparently got back to John Green who issued his response the 21st century way: on YouTube.

   The board dealt with the issue again Tuesday night.

   Did Depew handle this correctly by seeking parental permission? Or should the district not allow students to read any novel that includes sexually explicit material?

   --- Bruce Andriatch

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