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The Kanawha County Textbook Controversy

Students Take a Stand


In an attempt to calm tensions, school superintendent Kenneth Underwood shut down schools for several days. On September 12, the board temporarily pulled all the adopted books from schools and appointed a committee of 18 citizens to review each book. The compromise, however, failed to satisfy either side, as textbook protesters continued to keep their children out of school. Infuriated by what they perceived as censorship, 1,200 George Washington High School students shut down their own school by walking out in protest and insisting that the books be returned.

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