A Tennessee school board voted to remove "Maus," a Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel about the Holocaust, from the district's curriculum after officials objected to eight instances of profanity and an image of a nude woman.
The district had sought to use the novel, first serialized in 1980 and later published in two volumes, as an "anchor text" for eighth graders studying the Holocaust.
One board member, Jonathan Pierce, described himself as "probably the biggest sinner and crudest person in this room," but said the book didn't meet his "standard," which he described as: "Can I lay that in front of a child."
I’m just an old country school board member and I think in our policy it says the decision stops with this board."
Another board member asked if the district could strip the vulgarities, but a lawyer for the district cautioned against it, saying the edits could be outside the "fair use umbrella."
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