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N-word book pulled off school's shelf

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April

Taylor A parent's complaint about a racially offensive term in The Land, a children's book, has triggered its removal from the library at Turner Elementary.

An 11-year-old student ran across the N-word when reading the book by award-winning author Mildred Taylor, who is black. Her parents wanted the book pulled from the shelf. A committee of administrators, teachers and parents at the northeastern Hillsborough school has agreed.

"The subject matter of The Land is above the maturity level of elementary students at Turner," the group found. "Several factors influenced this decision including sexual overtones, brutality/violence, and racial slurs."

The decision affects only Turner Elementary. The parent who complained, Darryl Brown, raised concerns about a second book, The Starplace, what used the N-word and was on the school's accelerated reading list. But he never formally challenged that title.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:39am]

    

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