And Tango Makes Three – Part 2

Continuing the saga…

I knew that the handling of this situation was against policy. It was time to talk to the superintendent with our policy in hand. He informed me that this was an “in-house complaint” and was not a part of our public complaint policy. I asked him (with witnessess in the room), “So you mean to say that any employee can make a complaint about a book in our libraries and, because they are ‘in-house’, any book could be removed at will by the principals without documentation?” Take a wild guess at his answer…. He looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Yes.”

Later on, he paid me a visit in my office to explain further. I was ready for him, but there was no breaking through. He even had the nerve to play the religion card. The superintendent and I are both of the same denomination. I calmly informed him that, if I stocked my library based on my religious beliefs, 1/3 of the books would be removed. However, I am employed by a public school and must put my personal beliefs aside and order books that speak to my demographics. And, this has nothing to do with the subject of the book in question. This situation was about policy not being followed. He then said that this was not a policy issue because it was “in-house”. It was a done deal. He left my office with a satisfied look on his face, and I had a resolve to get to the bottom of this policy issue.

To be continued…

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