Jacksonville Public Library cancels 'Storybook Pride Prom'

Situation arose causing library to cancel

Library cancels teen pride prom over safety

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Public Library announced Monday that it has cancelled an upcoming event, "The Storybook Pride Prom." The event was scheduled for Friday, June 28.

The library explained that "after careful and extensive deliberation" it chose to cancel the Friday event because a situation was created by people who wished to use the event for their own purposes. It added that, "It is unfortunate that this event became associated with political statement and shows of activism, as those are not part of the library's mission in any way."

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