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    Gallery: Two contested books will stay in Spruce Mountain High School library - Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal | of | Share this photo

    Regional School Unit 73 Director D. Robin Beck of Livermore Falls holds one of two books Thursday being considered for removal from the Spruce Mountain High School Library. Residents of the district are appealing the decision by the board to allow "Gender Queer: A Memoir" and "White Fragility" to stay in the library. People strongly opposed to the decision spoke at the meeting at the high school. At right is board Chairperson Bob Staples.

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    John Benedetto of Livermore Falls holds copies of definitions of pornography and some images from a book Thursday night at the Regional School Unit 73 board meeting at Spruce Mountain High School in Jay. The board voted to allow two controversial books on sexuality and gender identity, and racism to remain in the library.

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    Roger Moulton of Livermore Falls addresses Regional School Unit 73 directors Thursday night at Spruce Mountain High School in Jay. He wears a shirt with some explicit photos from the book "Gender Queer: A Memoir." The board voted to allow the book and another on racism titled "White Fragility" to stay in the library, denying appeals from some residents  to ban the books.

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    Ava Coates, student representative on the Regional School Unit 73 board of directors, looks at board members Thursday night after voicing her opposition to banning two controversial books from the high school library. Directors, meeting at the high school in Jay, voted to keep "Gender Queer: A Memoir" and "White Fragility" in the library.

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    Regional School Unit 73 Director Andrew Sylvester of Livermore listens to a district resident Thursday speak against banning a pair of controversial books from the Spruce Mountain High School library in Jay. Several spoke on both sides of the argument at the meeting at the high school.

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    Regional School Unit 73 Directors Holly Morris, left, and Tasha Perkins, center, both of Livermore, and Chantelle Woodcock of Jay react Thursday night as a district resident enters the room wearing a shirt with explicit photos from one of two books some residents want banned from Spruce Mountain High School's library. The board voted to allow "Gender Queer: A Memoir" and a book on racism titled "White Fragility" to stay in the library.

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