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APS to Conduct Hearing on Parent Concern Regarding Book "Death Note"

1 p.m., May 6 (Today), Library Services Office, 630-B Oak St. SE

May 6, 2010

 The Albuquerque Public Schools will conduct a hearing on a parent’s concern about a book at 1 p.m., today, in the APS Library Services Office, 630-B Oak St. S.E.

The concern and request for a hearing was filed by Peggie Salazar, parent of a Volcano Vista High School student, regarding the book Death Note, by Tsuqumi Ohba, a Japanese author.

Ms. Salazar requested the hearing because of her concern that the book deals with killing. “The book talks about killing the bad guys, even though the death note is toward bad people, it is still killing and who the bad guy is could be different in everyone’s eyes,” Ms. Salazar wrote in her request for a hearing. “You never know what were the thoughts of the killer for the Columbine killings.”

Under the district’s procedural directive “Parental Concerns About Instructional Print and Non-Print Material,” it is required to schedule a hearing on the concern if it cannot be resolved at the school level. Conducting the hearing will be Tom Genne, director of APS Research, Deployment & Accountability. Also hearing the concern will be Debbie Macias, manager of APS Library Services; Jolanta Feliciano, librarian at Valley High School; Alma Rodriguez, librarian at Atrisco Heritage Academy High School; Kim Kinsey, pastor of Christ United Methodist Church; Ian Wilson, a local accountant; and Terri Brogden, a parent from Volcano Vista High School.

The committee will then make a recommendation to associate superintendent Eddie Soto and he will have 15 days to make a decision and let the parent know what that decision is.

Should the parent choose, she can appeal the associate superintendent’s decision to the superintendent and he would have 15 days after receiving the appeal to make a decision.

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