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School board member, parents concerned about language in popular book

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Brunswick County School Board member, Catherine Cook had to pause when reading 'The Color Purple.' Brunswick County School Board member, Catherine Cook had to pause when reading 'The Color Purple.'

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A Brunswick County School Board member and several parents are concerned with the language in a popular book that is being read in all three Brunswick County High Schools.

Brunswick County School Board member, Catherine Cooke had to pause when reading The Color Purple.

"He never had a kind word to say to me. Just say you're going to do what your Mammy wouldn't. Now, I have to pause there at the second paragraph of the book because the next line or two is more graphic than I would want to read."

She said she's concerned with the language and sexual content in the novel.

Several parents have contacted the school board with complaints about the book as well.

The school board isn't currently considering banning the book. However, they are open to hearing complaints and suggestions from the public.

Cooke says that she is not sure if this material is suitable for teenagers.

"We try to have wholesome things in school and parents expect their kids to go to school and be in classes where they can have conversations freely without hesitation," said Cooke. "I think some of the language in this book would cause for a pause from the teachers and the students because of the graphic nature of some of the language."

The school board will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, November 5th.

Cooke says she doesn't know if any action will be taken, but she expects parents will bring this issue up during the public comment portion.

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