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Kristi Dunn, an administrator of the Parents of Wilson County Schools Facebook page, is just one of the many parents with questions regarding the school system’s reading list.

Although she tries to attend every Board of Education meeting, on the first Monday of each month, Dunn was unable to attend this past Monday evening. She said several people have reached out to her regarding a controversial book that was discussed – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is a mystery novel by Mark Haddon. The story is told by a first person narrator – Christopher Boone.

Boone, a teenage boy dealing with autism, investigates the death of his neighbor’s dog and records his findings – finding out the truth about the dog’s death and his own family’s secrets in the process. According to online reviews, the author described his novel in 2009 on his blog “about being an outsider, about seeing the world in a surprising and revealing way.”

Dunn said that she has not read the novel, nor have any of her three children who are currently in the school system. “I’ve done some research online and saw that parents are upset because of the language and that the main character denies the existence of God,” she explained.

A motion to ban the book from the reading list was made by Zone 1 Board Member Wayne McNeese, who did not believe the language used in the novel should be promoted. The motion passed with a vote of 3-1. Members Bill Robinson, Don Weathers and McNeese voted in favor of the ban and Ron Britt voted in opposition of the ban. Board Member Larry Tomlinson had been excused from the meeting.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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