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A couple of parents are concerned that an article in Wednesday’s edition of The Wilson Post regarding the banning of a particular book by the Wilson County Board of Education might have led to some confusion.

The article was headlined “Parent group questions book list,” and was about a book called, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon. The parents, who did not wish to be identified, said they were not questioning the Wilson County School’s reading list as a whole, but did question the board’s actions regarding the banning of that particular book      

A motion was made at the May 5 school board meeting by Zone 1 Board Member Wayne McNeese to ban the book due to language. The motion received a second by Board Chairman Don Weathers and passed with a vote of 3-1. Board Member Larry Tomlinson had been excused.

Weathers told The Post on Thursday that the motion was made after complaints were made to some of the board members. “The book has some offensive language. Everybody has a different thought process about that. Some people do not want their children exposed to that language and others have a different view on it,” he said.

“There is a way to work with everybody and make the book available to students whose parents do not have a problem with the book and give the students whose parents do have a problem with it different options that they can choose from. We are in the process of evaluating how best to do that.”

Weathers also clarified that policy was not violated during the meeting when the motion, not previously listed on the agenda, was made. The matter was added to the agenda under new business.

“The board can certainly take an action during the meeting. That is why you have new business and old business. It was brought to the attention of the board,” he said. “There is absolutely nothing that prohibits us from taking action on things during our meetings that are not on the agenda. We are evaluating that change and it may come back up on the agenda at the June 2 board meeting.”

Due to an early press deadline, comments from McNeese could not be obtained.

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

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