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Banned book from from local high school grabs attention of censorship group
PENSACOLA - The book Washington High School principal pulled from its "One School, One Book" reading program has grabbed the attention of the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC).
The novel is "Little Brother" by author Cory Doctorow.
The NCAC wrote a letter to Washington High School principal, Dr. Michael Roberts urging him to reinstate the book to the summer reading program.
Dr. Roberts says he started reading the novel "Little Brother" after hearing some concerns. Roberts say he found language and sexual content in the book he feels is inappropriate for ninth and tenth graders. The book was then pulled from the school's summer reading list for freshmen and sophomores as a result.
Escambia County School Superintendent, Malcolm Thomas says the reading program is designed to give students a list of suggested books to read, and it's about choice not censorship.
"This book in question is one of the choices so what I don't understand is why some people say the book has been banned. It absolutely has not been banned" said Escambia Superintendent Malcolm Thomas.
"Little Brother" is about four teenage computer hackers who battle terrorists, then confront the Department of Homeland Security over civil rights. The book's author, Cory Doctorow responded to his book being pulled from the summer reading list.
I hope that, um, you folks are intrigued by the fact that there's an adult in your life who thinks that reading this book might somehow harm you, and I'm hoping that that'll make you want to read it" said Cory Doctorow, "Little Brother" author.
On Monday, the National Coalition Against Censorship chimed in on the issue, writing a letter to Dr. Roberts. The NCAC feels removing the book because it contains ideas that some members of the community may object to, or disapprove of, violates basic constitutional principles.
Despite the growing controversy, Superintendent Thomas says "Little Brother" still remains in every high school library in the district.
According to the summer reading list, "Little Brother" is still approved for eleventh graders at Booker T. Washington High School to read.