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Brunswick Superintendent upholds decision to keep 'The Color Purple'

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Commissioner Pat Sykes now takes her challenge to the Board of Education. Commissioner Pat Sykes now takes her challenge to the Board of Education.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Dr. Edward Pruden has upheld a decision to keep the Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Color Purple as part of curriculum at West Brunswick High School, despite an appeal from a county commissioner.

Commissioner Pat Sykes issued a challenge to the book being used in some high school English classes at the school. 

Sykes said the sexual content and language used in the book is inappropriate, although she admitted in her written appeal that she only read a portion of the book. Sykes has repeatedly refused to speak about her appeal effort.

The School Improvement Team at West Brunswick High School turned down Sykes' request to remove the book, so she appealed to the superintendent. 

Dr. Pruden issued his decision Tuesday, in part saying that the presence of vulgar words can't lead to a summary dismissal of certain pieces of literature, because they are "descriptive of the human condition."

You can read Dr. Pruden's full ruling:

The superintendent's decision was appealed to the full Brunswick County Board of Education, which will hold a special meeting on Friday, January 3 to review it.

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