Some parents outraged by Guilford County schools book

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A group of Guilford County Schools parents – and other concerned citizens – draw attention to one of the books on a reading list for AP English students and demand that it be removed from the list.

Parents say the book, ‘Salvage the Bones’ by Jesmyn Ward, ‘promotes’ sex between a 19-year-old boy and a girl 14 or younger. They also state that the book “promotes that sex with a minor is acceptable” and they liken parts of it to “child pornography”.

An SMS call to action circulating among parents asked those opposed to the book to come to a meeting of the library committee at Northern Guilford Secondary School on Thursday morning May 12, to “talk or just make an appearance to get support to throw out the book.

This message added: “We need organizations there to support the release of this book from schools. Have your friends fill the library – the only way to defeat this is by numbers!!! ”

Summerfield City Council member Lynne DeVaney, who is an elementary school teacher in the Guilford County school system, said the book came to her attention this week and she was appalled when she read some of it. extracts.

She said that while students have other options they could read instead of the book, the practical effect of having it on the suggested reading list means teachers have prepared materials and tests for it. and that many students will feel compelled to read it.

DeVaney also said Thursday morning’s library committee meeting was canceled, but now opponents of the book are calling on local and state officials to take action.

DeVaney said she was particularly alarmed by a descriptive scene in the book where a very young girl describes a sexual encounter.

This section says, “Manny first touched me where he always touched me: my ass.” He grabbed and pulled and my shorts slipped off… He was peeling my clothes like an orange peel…”

Some of the rest of this passage is too explicit to quote here.

DeVaney said she was extremely worried after reading parts of the book.

Ward is a two-time National Book Award winner – and one of those awards is for “Salvage the Bones.”

A description of the book on Amazon’s website states that Ward “delivers a gritty but tender novel about family and poverty in the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina.”

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