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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Months after district leaders decided to keep “The Color Purple” in the county’s curriculum, a Brunswick County school has decided to keep another book.

Today members of the Cedar Grove Middle School Media Advisory Committee reviewed the official challenge of Sherman Alexie’s novel “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.” The school district says a member of the community, Frances Wood of Ash, filed a formal challenge against the book July 1. Under school board policy, the challenge process begins at the school.

Click here to read the letter of findings from the Cedar Grove Middle School Media Advisory Committee.

After reading the material and a thorough committee review and discussion, members unanimously determined the novel will remain in the curriculum and part of the media collection.

The committee determined the National Book Award-winning novel provided “the realistic depiction of bullying and racism, as well as a need for tolerance and awareness of cultural differences.”

Wood can appeal the advisory committee’s decision to the superintendent and ultimately the school board.

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  • Guest000000

    Now let’s see if the Board of Education is as smart as the Cedar Grove Middle School Media Advisory Committee.

  • Black man

    They need to ban ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. That was such a degrading book that we were forced to read and watch the movie when I was in 11th grade. As a teenager it created subliminal racial tension and an inner hatred for whites and made me feel inferior. Luckily, now I have knowledge of self and overstand all the bull crap I was fed in school

  • David999

    I hope you are kidding.

  • Black Man

    Yeah, I went a little overboard. It wasn’t that serious. I have not read the “Part Time Indian” book, but kids can find the true history of Indian experience by googling the Indian massacre of 1622 or The Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890. But Noooo! God forbid we let school kids know what really happened in American history.

  • Charles Walters

    That is the dumbest statement I have ever heard. Only the Bible matters. You truly sound like someone who has a serious lack of education. You and those like you that would teach only religion are the ones who stand in the way of progress. The Bible is not the only book in the world that matters, and to be so narrow minded you would think that it is all that should be in school is ignorants at its best.

  • Vog48

    The only book that needs to be read is GOD’S BOOK, the Bible. Waist of time on the rest of the nonsense.if you ask me.


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