Sexually graphic book found in Bossier middle school
BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - A book with graphic sexual language was found in a Bossier City middle school library Friday.
Julie Camp, a parent, now wants it banned from the library. She says the book, titled TTYL by Lauren Myracle, was checked out from Elm Grove Middle School by her 11-year-old daughter for extra credit. Camp says she was shocked to find out it had several inappropriate sexual references and cuss words. One paragraph even describes a girl's sexual activities in graphic detail."It was vulgar. It was pornographic," says Camp. Camp says her daughter stopped reading the book when she came to the questionable material. "And I was like 'Well, what is the problem?' And she said 'Well, I've already read three cuss words and now they're talking about... (pauses)," says Camp. Camp hesitates to talk about a graphic description of sexual gratification by a young girl.
Camp says she has not filed a formal complaint, but Elm Grove was sympathetic and appeared to be willing to work with her to remove the book.
Bossier City school officials say they average one complaint each year concerning books. Every case is reviewed 10 days after receiving the formal complaint. Officials say a citizen has a right to appeal any decision made by the reviewing committee, in that case a decision would be made by the superintendent's office. That decision can then be appealed to the school board. In the meantime, the book will remain in circulation.
KSLA News 12 will keep you updated on the status of the complaint if one is filed.
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