BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Francis Wood wants "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" off Brunswick County School shelves.
"This book is not morally acceptable," Wood says.
She's appealed Cedar Grove Middle School's decision to keep the book, taking her effort to the superintendent.
The book is acclaimed as an accurate depiction of bullying and racism, but she says if it were a movie it'd be rated "R" making it inappropriate for 8th grade students.
She highlighted sections she considers inappropriate:
'Indians are living proof that n****** f*** buffalo … Rodger and his friends were laughing like crazy. I couldn't let them get away with this s***.'
-The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
She's not the first fighting against this piece of literature. Sherman Alexie is a highly decorated writer, he's also one of the most banned living authors.
'The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian' has been banned from schools in at least three states. Parents in a Chicago school district tried fighting it in '09. Wood's husband Caroll says, this should be a no-brainer in the "bible belt."
"If a city like Chicago says that a book like this is not satisfactory for their children," Wood said. "Why in the world would we in Brunswick county say it's acceptable for our children?"
Wood worked with children for 40 years. She says ultimately, she's worried about the impression it could make on young minds.
"It's ok in the book and they read it, why isn't it ok for them? That's unacceptable in any category. Everything in it is degrading. There's nothing uplifting in it," Wood said.
If Dr. Pruden decides to keep the book Wood's appeal will be taken to the school board.
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