Grandparent upset at student's book, cites cussing, sexual references

MERIDIAN, Idaho (KBOI) -- A grandparent of a student at Mountain View High School has formally complained about a book being offered to sophomores.

Eric Exline, Joint School District No. 2 spokesman, told KBOI 2News the grandparent is upset the district is allowing students an option to read "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," a story about a young Indian growing up on a reservation.

Exline says the book is one of five books sophomores can choose for required reading. He said the grandparent is upset at the cussing, as well as the book's sexual references.

Exline says once the complaint was received, a committee was formed to discuss options for moving forward.

The committee decided to keep the book for future reading, however, students will be required to obtain a signature from a parent or guardian.

The committee's recommendation will now have to be approved by the school district. Before the board decides on what to do, parents can voice their opinions on the book tonight (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. at the District Service Center, 1303 E. Central Drive in Meridian.