BETHEL — The MSAD 44 Board of Directors will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12, in the Telstar Library for the Board to hear from the citizens of MSAD 44 with regard to the current book challenge of the book titled, “Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl,” by Jesse Andrews, currently located in the Telstar library.

The book was challenged by former SAD-44 school board member Stephanie Erickson, who listed specific quotes from the book under the headings pedophilia, sexual abuse and vulgar language. She wrote in her complaint that the novel stereotypes churchgoers as child predators, athletes as homophobic and Israelis as promiscuous.

The school board will meet again Feb. 26 to make its decision about student access to the book.

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