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Brunswick school officials receive official challenge of novel

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School officials received an official challenge to a book being taught in one Brunswick County middle school. School officials received an official challenge to a book being taught in one Brunswick County middle school.
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

An official challenge of Sherman Alexie's novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian was delivered to school officials at Ceder Grove Middle School Monday.

The challenge comes after public discussion of the book took place during a school board meeting June 3.

Frankie Wood voiced her objection to the book during the meeting and said it shouldn't be taught in classrooms because of the graphic sexual language and inappropriate content.

"I feel sick to my stomach," Wood exclaimed. "I feel disgusted that our children are being taught this caliber of education."

The novel has content issues such as homosexuality, profanity, and violence. As a result, many school districts across the country have banned the book. Wood hopes that Brunswick County will do the same.

According to officials, the challenge process will begin at the school level. A school committee composed of parents and educators will meet to review the challenge and hand down a decision within 15 business days. Appeals to the committee's decision will be handled by the superintendent and ultimately the Brunswick County Board of Education. 

Parents also have the option of alternate reading assignments for their children if they have an objection to any particular book.

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