Discussion to keep book in class gets heated

Posted at 10:53 PM, Apr 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-12 23:20:44-04

Sparks were flying at a Northville Board of Education meeting on Tuesday night.

The debate stemmed over whether a book should continue to be a part of the curriculum. The book in question, called "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison.

Some people were concerned the book contains themes that are not appropriate for students, including rape, incest and the ghettoization of African Americans.

Others said, taking the book out of the classroom is a form of censorship.

The book as been part of the Advanced Placement Literature class taught to seniors at Northville High School since the 1990s.

After public comments from more than 30 people, including students, teachers, parents and concerned community members, the Northville Board of Education decided to keep the book. 

There was one modification added to the decision to keep the question in the curriculum, parents can opt out and their student will not have to read it.