Anchorage school board restricts student access to sex book

Posted: Tuesday, October 09, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage School Board has decided to limit student access to a controversial sex education book.

The board voted 6-1 Monday to allow the award-winning ''It's Perfectly Normal'' to be checked out by elementary school children only with the permission of their parents. Adults can use it as a resource.

Older students still have unrestricted access to the book.

Twenty-five copies of the book were shelved in 16 Anchorage elementary and middle schools. Two sets of Ocean View Elementary parents asked the board last spring to restrict access to the book, triggering a review.

Supporters have praised the book's candid look at sexual health. Critics said the book makes moral judgments and that drawings of people having sex and masturbating are too explicit for young children.

A review committee in September voted to keep the book on library shelves. Superintendent Carol Comeau recommended restricted access last week.

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