Parents at an Illinois high school are trying to get Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian taken off the summer reading list, and out of the school’s library, the Chicago Tribune reports. “I can’t imagine anyone finding this book appropriate for 13- or 14-year-olds,” said one who showed up at a district board meeting, complaining that the book contained foul language and descriptions of sex.
At the very least, they want a warning on the book, and say students will think the school condones the profanity used in the book. But backers say it’s a realistic depiction of life for incoming freshmen. “That is like saying that because Romeo and Juliet committed teen suicide, we condone teen suicide,” said one teacher. “Kids know the difference.”