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Controversial book headed to Brunswick Co. superintendent on appeal

Frankie Wood officially appealed the Cedar Grove Middle School Media Advisory Committee's decision to keep the book in its curriculum. (Source: WECT) Frankie Wood officially appealed the Cedar Grove Middle School Media Advisory Committee's decision to keep the book in its curriculum. (Source: WECT)
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

A committee's decision Tuesday to keep a controversial book as part of the curriculum at Cedar Grove Middle School has been appealed, officials say.

On Wednesday, Brunswick County Superintendent Edward Pruden received an appeal of Sherman Alexie's novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, from Ash resident Frankie Wood.

In Wood's appeal letter to Pruden, she writes,"It's time we call a spade a spade and a filthy book a filthy book no matter whose toes we have to step on. And we need to quit being politically correct when someone does something we know is in direct conflict with the bible."

Wood originally voiced her objection to the book during a school board meeting on June 3. She said it shouldn't be taught in classrooms because of the graphic sexual language and inappropriate content. The book has content issues such as homosexuality, profanity, masturbation and violence.

Wood filed an official challenge of the book to Cedar Grove Middle School on June 6.

The Cedar Grove Middle School Media Advisory Committee met on Tuesday, July 15 to discuss Wood's challenge. All members of the committee were required to read the book for a thorough discussion and review.

The committee unanimously voted in favor of keeping the book in the school's curriculum and media collection.

Several points of agreement by committee members included the relevance of the materials and topics in the book to the adolescent development of middle school students, the realistic depiction of bullying and racism, as well as a need for tolerance and awareness of cultural differences. 

The committee acknowledged Wood's concerns, but felt the value of the text outweighed those concerns. 

While procedures do not specify a designated response time, Pruden is expected to review the appeal and issue a response in the next few weeks.

If Pruden rules in favor of keeping the book in the curriculum, Wood has the final option of appealing to the Brunswick County Board of Education.

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