RIGBY — Officials with Rigby High School and the Jefferson School District 251 said they have not banned the novel “1984.”
According to a press release from the school district, a few parents recently objected to the sexual content in the book, which was being used in senior-level government classes.
The school district said that while the complaint was being considered, the principal asked the teachers to stop using the novel during instruction while the administration reviewed school policy.
The administration and the teachers determined that the novel supported the content standards for the senior-level government course. The school district also determined that it will implement board policy that specifies an alternative lesson will be provided when objections are made.
The final decision to offer an alternative assignment for those who object did not reach the classroom, and the school district said the books were collected from students. However, school administrators advised staff to return the novels and continue with their instruction.
“We appreciate individuals who have reached out to us to share their concerns, but it is simply not true that ‘1984’ has been banned at Rigby High School,” said Lisa Sherick, superintendent of Jefferson School District 251, in a press release. “What is true, parent complaints were received. We take parent concerns seriously and have a policy in place to identify options in rare circumstances when a parent objects to specific classroom materials.”
The book, “1984,” is a dystopian novel written by George Orwell that depicts a tyrannical future state.