A new way to resolve Pico-type cases?
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Thu Sep 13 06:52:26 PDT 2007
>From the Tuscaloosa News, Sept. 12, 2007:
Student, grandmother confiscate library book
By Lydia Seabol Avant
BROOKWOOD | Fifteen-year-old Lysa Harding picked a book at random from
Brookwood Highs library for a book report last week.
Now, she doesnt want to return it.
Harding and her grandmother, Pam Pennington, say the book is too sexually
explicit and shouldnt be on school library bookshelves.
The school library wont allow her to check out another book until she
returns this one, and thats not going to happen, they said.
This book is sick, said Pennington. Im 50 years old, and Ive raised 11
sets of kids and been through many a library, and Ive never seen a book
like this in a school library before.
The novel, Sandpiper by Ellen Wittlinger tells the story of a 15-year-old
girl named Sandpiper Hollow Ragsdale, who is on a sexual power trip and
engages in random hookups for oral sex, according to a review by the School
Library Journal. Ragsdale befriends one boy, but then is abused by another.
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Harding . . . said she believes the book goes into too much graphic detail
for a high school crowd.
I honestly believe that it should not be at school, because at my school
they teach abstinence and no sex before marriage, but then all the book is
teaching is how to do those things, she said.
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The school system has a procedure to complain about the content of books, [a
school official] said.
But Pennington and Harding are standing behind their belief that the book is
inappropriate for any school. They said they dont intend to return the
book. Harding faces late fees or a $25 charge to replace the book if its
not returned by Friday.
I feel that it is the most mature thing to do, to keep it off the shelves,
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