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Parents speak out on 'Persepolis'

Thank you for running your article on “Persepolis” last issue. Parents need to be informed of what’s going on in their children’s schools, and you’ve done a great job in spreading the word. I think that most parents who read the book would be concerned, and would question its use for eighth-graders. Why the Northshore School District would not be more responsive to the objections of so many parents is a mystery to me.

Melanie Hanson


Thank you for your article on “Persepolis.” I just wanted to let you know for the record that I have an eighth-grade daughter at Leota who was required to read the book. There was NO letter home and No alternative assignment offered.

There was No letter/permission slip regarding the movie either. The only reason it was not shown was because of the snow days.

My daughter was offended by the book and thought it was inappropriate. She stated that she was confused by the teacher giving it to them. She thought that the school was supposed to protect them from “inappropriate stuff.”

She had already finished it when she brought it to my attention and said, “Mom, you should talk to my teacher about this book, it made a lot of kids in my class uncomfortable.”

Holly Kohls


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