Book pulled from class in Troy
TROY - "The Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett has been pulled from a senior English Honors class in the Troy Area School District after parent objections.
The objections concerned material of a sexual nature in the book that the parents deemed inappropriate. The parents attended the last school board meeting to discuss the issue and ask questions.
District superintendent W. Charles Young confirmed that the book has been pulled from the class.
The district's policy requires the superintendent, the principal and the school board to approve books for inclusion in classes, and in this case, the policy wasn't followed, he said. He called it a "systemic failure."
When questioned at the last meeting, he said that there is "a policy in place to fix it." He was referring to the potential of such an incident taking place again.
Young ensured the group of concerned individuals at the meeting that the district would do its very best to ensure that it wouldn't happen again. He also noted, however, that humans are involved, an allusion to the proverb, "to err is human."
Young told one of the concerned people at the meeting to call him regarding her concerns about a single copy of the book being in the library.
Here is an excerpt/synopsis from The Publishers Weekly review about the book: "Set in 12th-century England, the narrative concerns the building of a cathedral in the fictional town of Kingsbridge. The ambitions of three men merge, conflict and collide through 40 years of social and political upheaval as internal church politics affect the progress of the cathedral and the fortunes of the protagonists."
The American Library Association website shows the book as one of the "100 most frequently challenged books: 1990-1999." It's no. 91 on the list.
According to the website, "a challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials."
Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.