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Chicago Public Schools denies it banned book

Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 10:34 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, March 15, 2013 10:37 p.m. CDT

CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago Public Schools is being criticized for its handling of a graphic novel officials say may not be appropriate for some students.

CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett sent a letter to principals Friday clarifying that the district is not banning the book “Persepolis.” The letter came after the teacher’s union and others said CPS had banned it.

“Persepolis” tells the story of a young woman growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.

Byrd-Bennett said the book shouldn’t be taught to seventh graders because it contains graphic language and “powerful images of torture.” She said the district is considering whether it’s appropriate for students in eighth through tenth grades.

Paul Bogaards is director of media relations for the book’s publisher, which says trying to limit its use “smacks of censorship.”

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