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Roxbury BOE votes on LGBTQ books after tense debate runs past midnight | #childpredator | #kidsaftey | #hacking | #aihp

ROXBURY — There were cheers, jeers and catcalls. Bibles were held aloft and librarians warned of censorship, as police stood guard to keep the peace.

A marathon Roxbury school board meeting drew hundreds of supporters on both sides of a dispute over LGBTQ-themed library books and explicit discussions of sexuality Tuesday night, in a town where a high school librarian’s lawsuit against four local residents has turned the debate personal.

The meeting drew a crowd that filled the 700-seat Eisenhower Middle School auditorium to full capacity. More than 60 people spoke during three hours of public comment that ended close to midnight.

They included Roxana Russo Caivano, the librarian whose lawsuit has drawn widespread media attention and advocacy groups on both sides of the debate.

“Many books at the high school cover topics like sex, drugs, cutting, violence, and unfortunately, many high school students go through these traumas,” said Caivano, a Roxbury High School graduate. “You’re kidding yourself if you think they’re not. these books are a way for them to deal with what they are suffering with.”

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