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Perks of Being a Wallflower book to stay in schools

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May 07, 2014 - 1:40 PM

CONCERNED PARENT SAYS HE WILL NOT FILE AN APPEAL

KAMLOOPS – Administration at School District 73 have decided a controversial book will remain in schools, much to the chagrin of a concerned father.

Dean Audet received a letter from the district last month. He says the letter stated the decision and outlined reasons to keep the book The Perks of Being a Wallflower in schools.
Audet took his concerns on the book’s subject matter to the district in March. He cites the book’s content as inappropriate in nature and “pornographic.”

The book is a fictional narrative of a high school freshman challenged as an introvert. The topics in the book range from depression, suicide and sexuality.

Assistant Superintendent Karl deBruijn says the district has not received confirmation from Audet on him receiving the letter. A second letter is in the mail. Once Audet confirms receipt, deBruijn says he can file an appeal.

Audet says he’s “not thrilled” about the district decision and will not be filing an appeal.

“The school board is a complete waste of time; they had no intention of pulling it. They did not consult with any parents whatsoever. The only people that they talked to was three librarians.”

It’s unclear how Audet will proceed.

He says he spoke to his lawyer to explore available options.

“I’m quite confident that the book meets all the pre-requisites of being pornography as far as the courts are concerned.” Audet said in a phone interview.

“Last time I checked, it was illegal to distribute pornography to minors in this country.”

Links:

A high school book with sex, alcohol, drug use: Ban it?

Kamloops parent wants this 'pornographic' reading assignment banned

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