Parents petition to remove controversial book from Midland Public Schools curriculum

Parents are outraged over a high school reading assignment. (Photo Credit: Sarah Jaeger)

MIDLAND, Mich. --Parents are outraged over a high school reading assignment.

"The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" is required reading for ninth graders at Midland Public Schools this year.

Now some parents are circulating a petition to have it removed from the curriculum.

The book is about what life is like on an Indian reservation from the eyes of a teenager.

However, it also includes content regarding alcohol, bullying, violence; sexual references; profanity and slurs.

Several schools across the country have already banned the novel since it was published over a decade ago.

"The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" is one of two books to go through a two-stage vetting process by the school back in 2016 and was added to the reading list, but parents are still not pleased.

The school released the following statement about the book below:

The process concluded that there were strong lessons included throughout the novel and confirmed the choice to have the novel in the curriculum.

There is a multi-step process to remove the book. Currently the schools need to receive a request from the citizens to move forward.

The school also says that students who find the material too offensive are offered an alternative text to read if they do choose.

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