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Dad: Book is Too Explicit for School

WILMINGTON -- James Schultz says he got a rude awakening when he flipped through the pages of his daughter's latest novel.

"Somebody dropped the ball," he said. "Somebody's not doing what they should be."

Schultz's 15-year-old daughter is a student at Ashley High School. He says she came home earlier this week with a library book called "TTYL (Talk to You Later-Internet Girl)" By Lauren Myracle.

In cyberspace, TTYL stands for talk to you later. The book is about instant message conversations amongst three friends, but how the teens are talking is what upset Schultz.

"I found a spot where it was talking about oral sex, buying pot, getting caught having sex, good stuff like that, that a teenager needs to be hearing about," he said sarcastically.

Booksellers at Barnes and Noble say they've heard from disturbed parents about that book, and many other popular teen books as well.

"We try to be informed of what books we are carrying in the store, so if parents ask for our opinions we're able to share them," said Arwin Parris, community relations manager at the store.

A media specialist for New Hanover County Schools says there's a form parents can fill out that may get certain books off the school shelves. Once they write out their complaint, it's sent to a committee and each member has to read the book. They can decide to remove, restrict or place a warning on the book. If the parents or the school are dissatisfied with that decision, it can be appealed to the media specialist and the school board.

For now, Schultz says he'll be the judge, and scan the pages of his childrens' books more often.

As far as how the schools filter through books that get on the library shelves, they say they use book reviews to check content, but do not read every single book.

Reported by Nicole Ferguson

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