Wilson Co. School Board votes to keep two books in high schools

Board considered whether to ban ‘The Kite Runner” and ‘The Carnival at Bray.’
Monday night, the Wilson County School Board is voting on whether or not to ban two books.
Published: May. 1, 2023 at 6:06 PM CDT|Updated: May. 2, 2023 at 7:05 AM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - The Wilson County School Board voted on Monday night to keep two books on district library shelves.

The board followed the district book review committee’s recommendation to keep both novels in high school media centers with unrestricted access.

The board voted on “The Kite Runner” and “The Carnival at Bray” during the meeting.

Rather than removing them or keeping them, the board could also vote to mark the books as “mature reading” and restrict access.

The school board last removed books from their schools in December. The state put out its recommendations for barring books last week, saying if the district gets a complaint, a committee will read the book and show it to the school board, which will then make the final call.

The Wilson County School Board can review two books a month and has now reviewed 12 in total.

Some parents contend that Khaled Hosseini's "The Kite Runner," and Jessie Ann Foley's "The Carnival at Bray" should not be taught in schools.