CHARLOTTE, NC (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — The Girl Who Fell From The Sky is the subject of much controversy in Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools. Some parents say the book has no place in the classroom. One parent even called the book disgusting.
Online, the book is described as the story of a young biracial girl dealing with society’s ideas of race and class, but it’s what else is in the book that has parents incensed. .
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“Here is an excerpt from the book describing the rape of the 16-year-old main character,” a parent began his speech to CMS board members on Tuesday evening.
Another parent asked the council members, “Do you all agree with that? I came here to talk about the same thing because I also have a 9th grader.
“I’m here to talk about the same thing: the book,” says another.
The Girl Who Fell From The Sky tackles social justice issues, but parents say some clips of sexual encounters are too graphic for their children.
“If you want to teach racism, there are books that don’t sexualize our children,” one parent said.
The book, written by Heidi Durrow, is taught in other schools across the country. He can be found in the programs in Wichita and Knoxville, but these parents want him banned from CMS.
“Please explain to me how this is not considered pornography imposed on 9th graders in our school system?” asked a parent.
“It’s required reading for 9th graders,” said another.
A parent said she didn’t believe the books should be banned and offered council members a solution.
“My suggestion is that our schools’ books be graded according to film standards, and at the beginning of the year, as part of the registration process on the CMS website, parents can choose to limit access of their children to books with certain notes”,
Neither CMS nor the book’s author responded to Queen City News’ request for comment.