Alamogordo Allows Use Of Fantasy Novel

Nov 9, 2013

  The Alamogordo school district has decided to allow the fantasy novel "Neverwhere" to be used once again in high school English classes.

The district superintendent's office made the announcement Friday after a review of the book's content.

The book was removed from use about two weeks ago after a parent pointed out a passage that described a sexual encounter and used a curse word. The book is about an Englishman who is drawn into an alternate reality of London's abandoned subway system and sewer tunnels.

School officials say the review found the book to be educationally suitable, balanced and age-appropriate for high school students.

English teacher Pam Thorp told the Alamogordo Daily News last month that taking the book out of the students' hands amounted to censorship.

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