DAVIS COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 News) – The Davis County School District is standing behind its decision to restrict a book about a lesbian mothers in four elementary schools.
The book, “In Our Mother’s House,” used to be found on the shelves at Windridge Elementary, but when a kindergartener brought it home the student's mother became upset. She wanted it off the shelves and away from the eyes of young children. She petitioned the school and then the district; gathering 25 signatures to have the book banned.
Davis County School District Spokesperson Chris Williams explained the policy that allowed the mother to ask that the book be banned. "A parent can have the opportunity to bring any book forward and say ‘I don't like this book’ and we follow that policy and as long as we follow that policy we feel we did what we should,” said Williams.
The district didn't ban the book, instead it was decided it would be placed behind the librarian's desk only checked out with parental permission. Some parents we spoke with think it's a good compromise.
Paige Moulton said, "You can't completely take it away from everyone because regardless of whether you like it or not it's going to be out there in the world."
The ACLU claims, and some parents agree, putting the book behind the librarian's desk stigmatizes the book making it seem like there's something shameful or wrong with it.
Camille Beckstrand has a child at Windridge Elementary. She said, "Who's going to want to check it out and if they do are they going to get backlash for it? I don't know if 25 people is enough to take it off for a school of a couple hundred kids or a district of thousands."
The district maintains 25 people is what it takes to have a book removed, pointing to the fact that it's not actually banned parents can still have their child check it out with their permission.
As of late Wednesday morning the district hadn’t seen a copy of the suit.