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9th Grade English Assignment Prompts Some Parents To Ask For Book Ban


UPDATED: Friday November 30, 2012 6:30 PM

An English assignment turned into controversy in one central Ohio school district.

The book “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower” is billed as a coming-of-age novel, but some parents in the Grandview Heights City School District want the book banned because they said it is “too hot” for high schoolers.

Freshman Eryn Wolfe said that she enjoyed the book but said that she understood why some parents wanted it pulled from the lesson plans.

“It has some racy parts in it, but it’s pretty educational,” Wolfe said. “It has a good theme, a good message that it sends.”

The novel, which is now a movie, discusses mature themes ranging from sexuality to suicide, prompting some parents to blast the district’s superintendent with emails regarding the book.

Superintendent Ed O’Reilly provided 10TV News with the email he sent to parents, who he said were divided on whether the book should be banned from the district.

To keep everyone on the same page, O’Reilly told parents “Neither myself, nor the school board, has banned this book for student use,” he told parents in the email.

He said that he was taking a closer look at the process that the district uses to approve supplemental reading material for middle and high-school students.

Wolfe said that she hopes other students will get the chance to learn the message that she said speaks volumes.

“We need to grow up, and I don’t know. Why they need to take things seriously, I guess,” Wolfe said.

O’Reilly said that he would ask teachers and administrators to help him evaluate the process and said that if changes are needed, he will address them in an open session of the school board to make sure the community has a say on the issue.

He said that in the meantime, he would look over the current reading selection.

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