About 150 people attended a Nixa School Board meeting where the board voted to ban two books, "Fun Home: A Tragicomic Family" and "Not All Boys Are Blue: A Memory Manifesto" as well as restricting access to a third book, "Back home" Thursday, May 12, 2022.

Nixa school board bans books amid contentious meeting

After two hours of public comment, the Nixa School Board voted Thursday night to ban two books from their high school’s shelves and restrict another.

At their regular meeting, the council was charged with deciding the fate of three of the sixteen books which had been disputed by the parents. Of these, the queer memoirs “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic” and “All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto” were banned.

A third book, “Homegoing”, has been restricted – meaning it will be provided to a student with parental permission but will not be placed on high school shelves.

“Fun Home” is Alison Bechdel’s award-winning graphic memoir – telling the story of her childhood as a lesbian and the strained relationship with her closeted gay father.

Parent Carissa Corson requested that the book be removed for its graphic sexual content.

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