- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A Charleston high school has pulled a novel from a summer reading list after a parent complained about the novel’s dark and explicit content.

“Some Girls Are,” a popular young-adult novel by Courtney Summers, was one of two books students entering the freshman Honors English I class at West Ashley High School could read to complete the summer assignment, The Post and Courier of Charleston (https://bit.ly/1VMECuW) reported.

The novel centers on a teenage girl who goes from being popular to scorned after being sexually assaulted at a party.

Melanie MacDonald, whose daughter is an incoming ninth-grader at West Ashley, complained about the book’s graphic content.

“I’m not a prude for God’s sake, and I understand that these are issues kids are facing - the drugs, the alcohol, the bullying - but there has to be a way to present it that’s not destructive to them,” MacDonald said.

MacDonald has filed a complaint with the district to trigger a committee review of the text and its usefulness in the curriculum.

School officials said that the book has been removed from the list and that parents would be alerted to the change through an automated phone message Wednesday.

“In looking at the situation and circumstances and timing, we felt like we needed to try to accommodate the parent’s concerns, which had some validity, and make a common-sense decision,” Principal Lee Runyon said.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, https://www.postandcourier.com

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