Brunswick Co. woman appeals school’s decision to keep book

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County woman has appealed a school’s decision to keep a novel she objects to in the school’s curriculum.

Frances Wood of Ash filed an appeal with Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Dr. Edward Pruden Wednesday objecting to the Cedar Grove Middle School Media Advisory Committee’s decision to retain Sherman Alexie’s novel “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.”

In her appeal and attached e-mails regarding her complaint, Wood refers to the book as “filthy” and “pure sin” and complains about the use of racist and vulgar language.

“If any one of our children used basically these words to any other child at school it would be considered bullying and racist,” Wood wrote.

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Click here to read documentation accompanying the appeal

Wood, who does not have a child or grandchild at the school, also implies in her correspondence that she and Cedar Grove principal Rhonda Benton attend the same church, and threatens to make this an issue within their church and around the county.

A school district spokeswoman said while the district’s procedures do not specify a designated response time, it is anticipated Pruden will review the appeal and issue a response within the next few weeks.

If Wood does not agree with Pruden’s decision, she can appeal to the full school board.

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