Milford Schools keeps ‘In the Time of the Butterflies’

Milford Exempted Village Schools will not remove “In the Time of the Butterflies” from its 10th grade English curriculum, officials announced Thursday morning.

The district reviewed the novel after receiving three citizen complaints that deemed its contents sexually inappropriate and a threat to Christian values. They are the only requests to come through the central office in at least five years, director of secondary curriculum and instruction Paul Daniels said.

Located in the northeast suburbs of Cincinnati, Milford Schools serves approximately 6,600 students in Clermont County. Its high school is ranked in the top 60 Ohio schools, according to US News & World Report magazine.

Parents who submitted complaints said the book’s theme is “sex and wickedness” and that it exposes children to “an unhealthy view of sexuality, pornography” and impedes Christian beliefs.

“Assigning this book is willingly and knowingly pandering obscenity to minors,” one parent wrote.

Controversy was sparked on social media after Milford community members posted to Facebook about the book, leading to hundreds of comments on both sides.

“WARNING THIS CONTENT IS EXPLICIT! our 10th graders are being forced to read this pornography in school!” user Amy Boldt posted in a neighborhood Facebook group.

A committee including parents, teachers and administrators read and reviewed the book per board policy and met Wednesday evening to vote on whether or not to ban the book from Milford curricula. After a discussion, five committee members voted to continue to include the book in the curriculum and one voted to restrict it to “more mature students.” No one voted to remove the book from Milford curriculum.

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