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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The challenge over another controversial book in Brunswick County Schools is over for now.

Today, Superintendent Dr. Edward Pruden announced he supports the findings of the Cedar Grove Middle School Media Advisory Committee, which chose to keep the novel “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” in schools.

Click here to read Dr. Pruden’s response to the appeal

Earlier this summer Frances Wood of Ash submitted a formal complaint against the book. She can appeal to the school board.

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  • crumudge

    There was a time when parents had a say about the school system their children attended. Those days are gone. Now an over paid manager can dictate his beliefs and morals. This has happened because a lot well intentioned people have remained silent. Is it not time we speak up for what we believe?
    Remember the book controversies when we elect the next school board and county commissioners

  • Timekeeper

    Maybe parents having too much say is the reason the school system in NC is so far behind. Too many parents try to hide reality from their kids for one reason or another. Everybody deserves a chance to learn.

  • Outsider

    Maybe if you want to shield your child from
    Things you should home school them. Public schools should allow many books to offer many angles of
    Life to students. Believe it or not, there’s more than one way to live your life. And have you ever read Fahrenheit 451? Why would you want to take books away from children willing to learn. Also- I did not grow up in NC. And the school systems here are very behind.

  • crumudge

    I suppose you are right. It’s not like it’s their children or their tax dollars.

    I strongly suspect that the reason NC schools are behind others in the nation is the system its self. The system suffers from mission drift. “Reality” is the poor product our education system is producing.

  • Daniel Seamans

    …I deleted the comment. You had a constructive thought, but when you include profanity, it will not be approved. Adding a ‘*’ in place of ‘u’ is not acceptable as it was clearly profanity. Post it again without the word and I’ll gladly approve the comment.
    I hope you understand.
    Thank you,

  • jj

    Come on WWAY why the censorship? Why have you not approved by post from this morning?

    My post was asking if a kid in school used the “F” word would he\she get in trouble? They are subjecting the kids to these words by forcing them to read these books. What happen in class when they are discussing the books and the words come up?

  • Guest000000

    That is the most ridiculous argument. Sure a child would get in trouble for using profanity in class. They’d also get in trouble if they performed an experiment from Chemistry lab out in the hallway. These books are meant to challenge students. To show them life experiences through other people’s eyes. In other words to make them think. The good news for you is, if you don’t want your child to read this, then select the alternate assignment. You still have control over what your child reads, as do the rest of us. What makes your argument even funnier is accusing WWAY of censorship when you are advocating for a book to be removed from a school library. Now that’s a true case of censorship.

  • crumudge

    As a parent I did shield (I prefer the word protect) my children from certain things such as drugs and other negative things. Abe Lincoln, among others, was a product of home schooling. You know, the Ark was built by amateurs and the Titanic was built by experts.

    I did read Fahrenheit 451. I also read George Orwell’s 1984.

    I have no problem with this book being in public library but not a school library.

    I am curious. You pointed out you did not grow up in NC but you did not say why you chose NC to live.

  • BillB

    I will have to agree with JJ. Why is it considered profanity here? These are the same words that is clearly acceptable for our young kids to read and learn in school.

    Also, you have allowed the full word before.


    Guess this will not be posted either.

  • BillB

    Daniel, I think the whole point of JJ post and your reply is very clear to me. What is the difference between profanity on a public venue or in a class room. We are forcing the kids to read material which has profanity in it and then punishing them if they speak the words in the schools. So, if the word is so bad that WWAY will not allow it for their readers to see, why are we allowing it in the class rooms.

  • Daniel Seamans

    …I returned to WWAY in Nov of 2013. I can not go back and change post made in 2010 and 2013 prior to my start date(the links you provided).
    I can, however, attempt to clean up the conversation in the present.
    Please comment at will…I totally support free speech minus profanity within’ it on a public venue.
    Surely we can all rise above the use of profanity to get a point across.
    At least, I hope we all can.
    My apologies for those posts you tracked down prior to my return here.
    But nice investigative work ;)
    Thanks for posting, BillB.

  • Daniel Seamans

    …but I can only clean up the comments on the website, not inside the classroom.
    I would think parents being extremely proactive can solve that problem.
    You both(BB and JJ) have valid points.
    I’m just asking folks not to spell out the words or use half the word and a couple symbols.
    Just say ‘profanity’ or ‘cuss words’, heck I don’t care how it’s described as long as you don’t actually write it.
    I promise I’m not a censor hound. I’m just volunteering to clean up the comments from profanity.

  • Guest2020

    “Surely we can all rise above the use of profanity to get a point across.”

    I know you aren’t rendering an opinion on the article, but you hit the nail on the head of this whole subject with that one sentence. Profanity is not necessary to get a point across. It is not necessary on a public forum and it is certainly not necessary in the books our children read. It has long been my opinion that any writer worth his salt can write a book without the use of profanity and still make his points.

  • Guest000000

    …or the author could use profanity to make a point about the morals that a certain character possesses. Just like the use of the “N” word in Tom Sawyer was used to show the ignorance and bigotry of certain characters. Even works of fiction need to have some basis in reality to make it ring true, and profanity is part of every day life. Kids don’t like to be pandered to any more than adults do. However, you or anyone else is free to disagree with that. Just have your child read the alternate literature.

  • jj

    Did I ever say anything in the post about removing the book? I ask a question if a kid spoke the word at school would he/she get in trouble. The example you gave about chemistry lab is no were close to a spoke word. You would have to have physical items to do the lab.

  • Guest000000

    You can discuss a book that contains cursing without using the actual words. Oh, and I guess when you mentioned “They are subjecting the kids to these words by forcing them to read these books.” meant that you wanted to remove it from the curriculum. That seemed a logical inference. End of story, now move on to something else. I think I might ride over to your cherished Charter School and start nit-picking their library.


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