SC School Pulls Novel After Parent Complaint of ‘Dark and Explicit’ Content

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – A Charleston high school has pulled a novel from a summer reading list after a parent complained about the novel’s dark and explicit content.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that “Some Girls Are,” a popular young-adult novel by Courtney Summers, was one of two books that students entering the freshman Honors English I class at West Ashley High School could read to complete the summer assignment.

The novel centers on a teenage girl who goes from being popular to scorned after being sexually assaulted at a party.

Melanie MacDonald, whose daughter is an incoming ninth-grader at West Ashley, complained about the book’s graphic content.

Schools officials said the book has been removed from the list and parents would be alerted to the change through an automated phone message Wednesday.

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