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Laura Mallory, a mother from Loganville, Ga., speaks to hearing officer L.O. Buckland at the Georgia Board of Education in her effort to have "Harry Potter" books removed from the shelves in Gwinnett County public schools. Gwinnett school board attorney Victoria Sweeny, who argued to keep the books available, is seated at far left. Mallory argued that the books "promote the particular religion of witchcraft" and that children practice spells from the books. "You would think we'd want to do everything we can to remove evil from our schools," she said. Mallory said that she has never read in full any of the "Harry Potter" books. Buckland will make a recommendation to the State Board of Education, but he did not say when that will occur.<br />
Laura Mallory, a mother from Loganville, Ga., speaks to hearing officer L.O. Buckland at the Georgia Board of Education in her effort to have "Harry Potter" books removed from the shelves in Gwinnett County public schools. Gwinnett school board attorney Victoria Sweeny, who argued to keep the books available, is seated at far left. Mallory argued that the books "promote the particular religion of witchcraft" and that children practice spells from the books. "You would...
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