Woodcrest, MI -
A group of fifteen parents brought a complaint against the Woodcrest School District School Board at an open conference last night. The group, led by Rosie McLaughlin, mother of an eleventh grader at Van Buren High, is protesting one of the books available in the school library. “It’s disgusting,” McLaughlin said to the school board, holding a copy of the book. “It’s nothing but sex and violence.”
McLaughlin then began to read excerpts from the book, of which she had brought a copy. She read several passages, the first of which promoted slavery. The second argued that Jews should be “cast into outer darkness.” The other excerpts focused on sex and violence, including a particularly grisly account of a man being impaled on a giant spike and a family who murders their daughter’s lover.
“I don’t know how I can raise my child to be a good person when he’s being taught these awful lessons.” The school board reiterated that the book in question was not required reading, but simply available to any who sought it. At the time of this publication, no decision has been made as to whether the Bible will remain in the school library.
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