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Commissioner still won't comment on effort to ban book

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County Commissioner, Pat Sykes has challenged the book ‘The Color Purple', but will not talk publicly about her efforts to ban the book County Commissioner, Pat Sykes has challenged the book ‘The Color Purple', but will not talk publicly about her efforts to ban the book

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – An elected official in Brunswick County still won't comment on why she wants a book out of county schools.

County Commissioner, Pat Sykes has challenged the book ‘The Color Purple', questioning whether the content is appropriate for high school students to read in school.

Sykes actually spoke out about the book at a public meeting last month, but when we tried to ask her questions about it on Monday night, we were met with resistance again.

WECT: "I have to ask you about 'the Color Purple"

Sykes: "No comment"

WECT: "So, I was wondering if we could catch up with you for just a minute after the meeting?"

Sykes: "No comment"

Last week, Sykes formally challenged the book at West Brunswick High School. In a letter written to school leaders, Sykes said she had a problem with the graphic language and sexual content in the novel.

A school committee denied her challenge. Sykes has since appealed that ruling to Brunswick County School Superintendent, Dr. Edward Pruden.

Pruden told us that he would weigh the pros and cons of keeping the book in schools.

Pruden says he expects to make a decision on Sykes' appeal by the end of this week.

If Sykes is not pleased with Pruden's decision, she can appeal once more to the entire school board if she chooses.

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