January 23, 2022

Controversial Book Stays in North Carolina High School Library

From The Virginia-Pilot:

A sexually charged book about teen girls and their reactions to an ardent senior boy will remain in the Currituck County High School library.

The Currituck County Board of Education decided with a 4-1 vote Monday that “A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl” by Tanya Lee Stone should remain available as it has since 2006, board member Karen Etheridge said.

For More on This Story See This Article October 12, 2013 Article From The Virginia-Pilot: Parent’s protest of book goes to Board of Education

Aydlett resident Elissa Cooper asked to have “A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl” removed from the Currituck County High School library after her freshman daughter brought it home to read last February.

“My chances may not be very good, but I believe it is a worthwhile argument,” Cooper said by phone Friday. “I’m prepared, and I know 100 percent it is wrong.”

Following the complaint, a high school review committee in June decided to keep the book. When Cooper appealed, a districtwide committee in July also agreed the book should stay.

“The complaint described the book as pornographic,” the committee wrote. “We disagree strongly with this characterization. It would be inappropriate to remove the book because we may disagree with the morals, values or decisions of the characters in the book.”

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.