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School board votes down parent request to remove book from school library

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“Life is Funny” by E.R. Frank follows the lives of 11 diverse teenagers who struggle with various issues.

“Life is Funny” by E.R. Frank is one of more than 12,000 books at the Northern Guilford High School library. The novel follows the lives of 11 diverse teenagers who struggle with various issues, and it is not part of any required curriculum.

The Guilford County Board of Education voted December 8th to keep the book in the library, against a parent’s challenge.

Vice-Chair Winston McGregor questioned what prompted the parent’s complaint.

“It's been checked out three times since 2013. Once in 2013, once in 2016, and once in 2022, it's not been returned. So I have some curiousness about why we're here.”

This was the second time in two weeks that the board voted on a parent’s challenge to a book at the school. It retained “Salvage the Bones,” by Jesmyn Ward for use in an AP English course at the high school.