ALA OIF, FTRF Executive Director Barbara Jones speaks out against banning “Persepolis”

On Friday, a press conference was held at the American Library Association headquarters in Chicago, during which Barbara Jones, executive director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read Foundation spoke out against the Chicago Public Schools removing Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel “Persepolis” from its 7th grade curriculum.

According to a local television station, “Chicago Public Schools officials denied rumors Friday that they had banned the graphic novel Perseopolis from its schools, explaining they only determined it was inappropriate for use in 7th grade curriculum, but appropriate for juniors and seniors in high school, and students in Advanced Placement courses.”

The station said some teachers had reported receiving an email from district staff ordering them to remove the book from their schools and libraries.

This was denied by CPS Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett, who said it was appropriate for juniors and seniors, and students in AP classes, but not for younger students.

She denied that the novel was being banned from school libraries.

In the following video taken at the press conference, Jones provided members of the local media with a statement.

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