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Mom Concerned Over High School Reading Choice

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DEWITT, Mich. (WLNS) - A book has been removed from a senior English class at DeWitt High School that some parents have found offensive.

Faith West's son was required to read a book called "Z 2134" for class. The first page of the book contains several inappropriate words, including swearing and sexual content. By the time West found out about the content, her son had already read the whole book.

"I first opened up the first page I read the fist page and that was enough. I didn't want to read anymore of it and he told me he said mom if you think that's shocking you should read the rest of it," said West. "Why didn't you read this book before hand before you even assigned it to the kids. Why didn't you have a meeting and look it over and see if it is really appropriate."

The book has since been pulled from the classroom and is no longer required reading. According to Superintendent Dr. John Deiter, the book was removed prior the mother expressing her concern.

West wants to know why the book was chosen to begin with.


Dr. Dieter, who didn't want to talk on camera, told 6 News the school does not check everything that is used in the classroom. He added "teachers are professionals and we have to trust them."

He also added that when the syllabus went home, kids were informed that there would be an alternative choice available to them if they chose to not read the book assigned.

West says she thinks that parents should also take responsibility and should know what is going on the classroom.

"Its up to us parents to maybe take a little bit better and closer look at what our children are being taught and what they're being asked to read," said West.

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