Explicit book pulled from middle school library in Marietta

By: Robin Beal Email
By: Robin Beal Email

MARIETTA, Okla. -- A Love County parent is outraged after her young daughter brings home a book so graphic, we can't even repeat some of the dialogue on television.

Parents are usually proud when their youngsters take the initiative to read a book, but when Kathy Davis' daughter brought home a novel she checked out from her middle school library, both mother and daughter, were shocked by what was inside.

"She just told me, ‘Mom, it's gross,’" Kathy Davis told us.

Graphic descriptions of oral sex are detailed in passages discussing recreational drug use. What is even more shocking -- a question in class about how many calories a tablespoon of a certain bodily fluid contains, all in the pages of a book, aimed at young adults.

"It’s, it's awful... It's... I can't believe... I don't talk about that in front of my child -- and I don't expect it to be in a book that she can get from the library. I mean it's just... I'm speechless."

Kathy Davis was shocked when she saw what her 13-year-old daughter was reading. Innocent looking enough from the outside, the neon green cover is eye-catching, but the words on the pages inside reveal some very adult discussions.

"It’s nasty -- it's soft porn. As far as I have read -- if it was a movie, she couldn't go see it."

The book -- "TTFN" -- came from the Marietta Middle School library, and what's more -- it was on an advanced reading list worth eight points to any student who checks it out and reads it.

The book is recommended for older students, grades ten through twelve, and is written in "instant message" style, depicting online conversations between three fictional eleventh grade girls.

"She read page 32 to me and that was the end of the book. I took it away from my daughter and I can't believe they have these things, this type of reading in a middle school," Kathy Davis said.

That book, which does contain crude references to fellatio and other sexually explicit innuendo, has now been pulled from the shelves here at Marietta Middle School.

As far as how that book got there in the first place, and ended up on a recommended reading list, we don't know. School administrators refused on camera interview, saying only the book is "no longer available".

Ms. Davis she says this should serve as a warning to all parents to know what your child is reading.

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  • by Melissa Location: Marietta on Sep 17, 2008 at 08:48 AM
    Does anyone realize that kids these days start doing the things that are mentioned in this book at age 10 and 11? Maybe all of you should let your kids read it and then discuss it with them. That is a good way to start the conversation about drugs and sex. NOOOO instead you call the news and make a big deal about it. Get over it. They are learning these kinds of things in 5th and 6th grades these days.
  • by Liberal Librarian Location: Oklahoma on Sep 15, 2008 at 07:13 PM
    Concerned Parent from Oh MY! I never once said that the book "TTFN" was "okay" for Middle School students. I stated, in defense of the M.I.S. librarian's decision to purchase the book, that the book fell within the guidelines of most school districts' selection policy. I did not deny that the book might need to be removed from the shelf; however, the removal should only be permanent after the proper reconsideration forms have been filed according to the guidelines of the same selection policy. The parents and the students of the school where I work do not need to fear the books that I place on the shelves. All are purchased according to policy, and I know that my administration will properly back our districts selection policy if a book is contested.
  • by Local Teen Location: Nunya on Sep 11, 2008 at 12:19 PM
    "Not Shocked," sshhhhhhh. Quit giving away our secrets.
  • by Not Shocked At All Location: Hiding from your teens on Sep 10, 2008 at 01:05 PM
    It's one thing for an adult to walk up to a teenager and discuss the matters in this book. But if you parents *really* knew what your high schoolers were talking about on the Internet, much less with your friends, you'd be shocked. The book TTFN is pretty mild compared to that. I mean, you could be Vice President of the United States and your little born-again Christian, homeschooled daughter could be reading a naughty book or out having ... UNPROTECTED SEX!!
  • by OOTO Location: Texoma on Sep 9, 2008 at 12:59 PM
    Paige, you little minx you! Sorry to break your heart, but I am already taken. If something happens with that, though, I will be sure to let you know. Opinionated; however did you come to choose a screen name like that????
  • by Opinionated Location: Ardmore on Sep 9, 2008 at 05:27 AM
    I was a junior in high school, and we had to get a permission slip to read "To Kill a Mockingbird". Today's society is going into the crapper with liberals leading the way. What happened to teaching your children good moral values and teaching them by example.
  • by Paige on Sep 8, 2008 at 02:57 PM
    OOTO in you're dreams. I don't think anyone in the right mind would want to, "fall for you."
  • by Leroy Location: Sherman on Sep 8, 2008 at 02:06 PM
    I bet some of you parents who don't think this book belongs in your schools library would be shocked to know about a "childrens" book that's been out for years called "Rainbow Party". Probably been read by every teen out there. Available at libraries and book stores everywhere.
  • by Fozzy Location: Ardmore on Sep 8, 2008 at 11:52 AM
    The Librarians job is to keep the library orderly and in sync with the Dewey decimal system and to serve the people who are there who may need help finding things and of course to check out the books that people want to read. They should NEVER limit or judge what someone reads. Controlling what people read is something that in no way falls on the librarian. If you as a parent want to know what is being read or have standards of what you will let your precious little snowflake read, then maybe you need to do your job better and leave everyone else alone.
  • by OOTO Location: Texoma on Sep 8, 2008 at 11:19 AM
    Anonymous Location: Sherman on Sep 8, 2008 at 12:28 PM When you have as many as 100 different titles arriving at one time, do you really think one person is going to sit down and read them all??
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