- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

BOLIVIA, N.C. (AP) - The Brunswick County school superintendent has decided that a challenged book may remain in a middle school library.

A local resident challenged the book, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” because of references to sexual behavior, bullying, violence and racism.

But Wilmington-area news organizations report Superintendent Edward Pruden has upheld the decision by a committee of staff and parents at Cedar Grove Middle School to keep the book both in the library and the curriculum.

Pruden says his research finds the book’s defenders consider it appropriate for teen readers because the issues discussed are already being faced by young people. He added the book casts such behavior in a negative light and provides readers coping skills.

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