FOX 66 News at Ten
A local school is at the center of controversy over a book found in a fourth-grade class.
Parents say the book is inappropriate for the 9- and 10-year-olds and it should have never been allowed in the classroom by the school.
In an email to TV5, one concerned parent with a student at Torrey Hill Elementary School in Fenton stated, "After hearing my wife and daughter discussing one of the books she had finished, I could immediately tell that something was not right. I took it upon myself to read the book my daughter had been sent home with titled Girl, Stolen by April Henry, distributed by scholastic books. I began highlighting several disturbing and disgusting parts of this book my 9-year-old fourth-grader was being subjected to."
Below are excerpts from the book Girl, Stolen, by April Henry, the concerned parent emailed to TV5:
"He had climbed on the bed and pinned her wrists against the wall and whispered in her ear. 'Are you a virgin, Cheyenne? Are you? Because maybe it's time for you to become a real woman. Maybe you should let TJ give you a little loving before it's too late.'"
Page 153: "Where you're going, you won't be getting any loving. They never talk about getting it on in heaven, do they, baby? Let TJ give you a sweet memory to take to your grave."
Page 70: "'Did her real mom get traded in for a better model?' TJ said. 'Cause that Nike president's got himself a nice piece of ass.'"
Page 43: "For some reason, TJ and Jimbo liked to listen to this right wing radio talk show host, some guy who was constantly going off about illegals and HMO's and homos. Griffin thought it was kind of funny how they were always agreeing with him, saying 'damn straight!'"
Page 7: "Her fingernails raked down her right cheek, and he could feel she had drawn blood. Finally, he managed to straddle her and pin her arms to her sides, He was bigger than she was, and was working on pure adrenaline. At least she had stopped screaming. 'Let's talk about this. But you have to promise that you'll stop trying to kill me.'"
Page 10: "Desperately, he groped across the passenger seat until his fingers closed on what he needed. Griffin pressed the barrel against her temple."
Page 12: "She did as he asked, wondering where the gun was pointing. At her head, at her heart? He ordered her to lie down on her side, facing the seat, then tied her hands together behind her. It would probably be easier to shoot someone in the back."
According to Amazon.com, the book is meant for children ages 12 to 17.
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Friday, November 8 2013, 10:55 AM EST
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