Meridian police show up to free book giveaway
Meridian, Idaho (KBOI) - Some of the wording from the book is included in the following story. Some readers may find the excerpts graphic .
Junior Mountain View High school student Brady Kissel showed up at Kleiner park in Meridian to pass out copies of "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," by Sherman Alexie -- a book that's received national attention thanks to some local parents complaining about the novel.
Some parents believe the book is not appropriate for 10th graders. Others who showed up said they had no problem with their teenager reading it.
The book was taken off the Meridian School District's reading list and is under reveiw. It is still on the shelves in school libraries.
Some Meridian parents objected to the sexual content in the book. Others say the book is anti-Christian. Some readers say they've seen worse.
"I didn't find it offensive at all , in fact there's a lot more raunchy stuff that kids look up online," said Mindy Hackler, a junior. "This is really nothing. "
"There's a paragraph right here where it has some sexual content," Kissel said. "But if you look at it it's a paragraph this big in a 230 page book." That page reads 'If God hadn't wanted us to masturbate, then God wouldn't have given us thumbs."
After about an hour of Kissel passing out books to teenagers, Meridian police showed up. They said they had been called out by someone concerned about teenagers picking up a copy of the book without having a parent's permission.
Police asked Kissel about passing out the book. They said they found nothing wrong with what was going on in the park.
Kissel says that they had 350 books to giveaway at the park. She says the publisher gave another 350 books. They are planning on having another book giveaway next week.