ALBUQUERQUE, NM - An Albuquerque Public School committee unanimously voted againstbanning a book about killing people after one APS mother filed aformal complaint.
The book , Death Note, is about a high school student who finds amagic notebook allowing him kill whoever he wants by simply writingtheir name on a piece of paper called a death note.
The character uses the death notes to kill criminals and badguys, hoping to make the world a better place.
"I just don't think it is something our kids should have accessto," APS mother Peggy Salazar said.
She wants the book banned from VolcanoVista High School where her son is a student.
Salazar fears the book could promote violence and killing tostudents.
Death Note was banned in Chinese schools after studentswrote mock death notes about their teachers.
Similar noteshave surfaced in this country too.
"Killing is just not something we should put out there for ourkids to read in this way," Salazar said.
Salazar stood before an APS committee Thursday to express herconcerns about the book.
It was the first time in five years APS held a hearing toconsider banning a book.
The seven member committee voted to let Death Note survive in APS libraries.
Committee member Tom Genne said he does not think the the bookpromotes violence.
The book has value to students, he added.
"High school age kids do grapple with questions about justiceand morality," Genne said. "and whether civilization, or thesocieties of which they are a part of, are making gooddecisions."
The APS associate superintendent will have the final say onbanning the book.
The libraries at Valley High and Atrisco Heritage Academyalso carry Death Note.
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