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Legal battle erupts over books in Clyde-Savannah school library

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The Clyde-Savannah Central School District faces intensifying tensions over a decision to keep five contested books in its Junior/Senior High School library.

The Finger Lakes Times has reported extensively on the debate this year.


Last month, the school board voted to retain the books, previously labeled as pornographic by Jacob Marchitell, a local pastor. Marchitell’s confrontational behavior at the vote led to a year-long ban from school premises, as deemed by Superintendent Mike Hayden.

Now, backed by the Wayne County Moms for Liberty group, Marchitell has enlisted the services of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) to appeal the board’s decision to the state’s education commissioner, Betty Rosa.

The ACLJ, known for championing socially conservative causes, aims to nullify the school board’s September 13 decision, according to the Times reporting.

On the other hand, a group opposing the book removal, named Call to Action, emphasizes the significance of diverse literature for students.