Battle to ban books builds in state schools

Ty Tagami
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Excerpt: There she went again. After being admonished the month before for taking the podium at a Forsyth County school board meeting and reading from an explicit portion of a book, Alison Hair was back at the microphone, with passages from a young adult novel in her hands.

When she got to a sentence that included the words “arching up into her,” the gavel came down. Tap. Tap. Tap. “Ms. Hair, Ms. Hair,” board chairman Wesley McCall interjected. Still, she kept going. Hair didn’t stop until McCall interrupted to ask if the book had been formally challenged. “It is in your library!” she screamed at him. She would later be barred from attending school board meetings.