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New York Blade Online

Geography Club one of 10 nominees for the Evergreen Young Adult Book Award 2006, has been banned in one of America's school districts:


University Place school officials have removed a book about gay teens from the district's library shelves following parents' complaints.
The school superintendent said the banning of 'Geography Club' was not due to the gay theme of the book, but rather how one of the characters uses the Internet to meet a fellow gay student.
In banning "Geography Club," Superintendent Patti Banks said she was alarmed by the "romanticized" portrayal of a teen meeting a stranger at night in a park after meeting the person � revealed to be a gay classmate � in an Internet chatroom. She said her decision was not due to the gay theme of the novel by Brent Hartinger of Tacoma.
"We want to send a strong consistent message to all our students that meeting individuals via the Internet is extremely high-risk behavior," Banks wrote in a letter Nov. 2 to two parents who requested the book's removal.
"To the extent that this book might contradict that message, I have determined it should not be in our libraries... ...

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