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Jefferson Co. discontinues use of novel at school

December 1, 2013
Associated Press

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Jefferson County school officials have discontinued use of a novel at Harpers Ferry Middle School after a parent raised concerns about its content.

A teacher assigned about 120 students to read "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Native American author Sherman Alexie. Parent Misty Frank questioned the novel's profanity and sexual content. She also objected to parents not being forewarned about the novel's graphic nature.

Jefferson County Schools assistant superintendent Pat Blanc tells The Journal ( that the novel wasn't on the state-approved list of books and didn't go through the county's approval process.

Earlier this year, the novel was ranked second on the American Library Association's annual study of books subject to complaints from parents, educators and other members of the public.


Information from: The Journal,



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