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Update: Dictionaries Will Be Returned To California District's Schools

The dictionaries are returning to their shelves today in the Menifee (Calif.) Union School District.

We posted yesterday about the news that Merriam-Webster's dictionaries had been removed from the district's elementary schools because a parent had complained about a reference in them to "oral sex."

Just moments ago, district spokeswoman Betti Cadmus e-mailed NPR's Linton Weeks to say that "the dictionaries will be back in the classrooms in a matter of hours."

As the local Press-Enterprise reports, a committee of parents, teachers and administrators decided Tuesday that the books could be put back and that: "An alternate dictionary also will be placed in the classrooms, and parents will have the option of choosing which dictionary their child can use."

We asked yesterday about the district's initial response, and near-unanimous consensus was that it overreacted. Now what does everyone think?

The question will be open for 24 hours.



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