Controversial Book Series Banned From Wicomico Public Schools - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Written by Kye Parsons

Controversial Book Series Banned From Wicomico Public Schools

Posted:

SALISBURY, Md.- Wicomico County Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Fredericksen on Thursday announced that a controversial series of Japanese graphic novels has been removed from all public school media centers.

On Tuesday, Oct. 6, a member of the Wicomico County Council presented Wicomico County Board of Education officials with several photo-copied pages from "Dragon Ball: The Monkey King," a book checked out by a 9-year-old Pittsville Elementary and Middle School student. A complaint form was later received from a parent.

There were concerns expressed that the books, which school officials later learned were intended for young adults, depict some violence and show nudity. Because of the concerns, school officials began the process of removing the book from media center shelves for review. "Dragon Ball" series books at Pittsville Elementary and Middle School and Parkside High School were removed from media center shelves for a committee review as required by procedures and policy.

When staff members became aware of a concern about the book, they began the process of removing the book from media center shelves for review. The "Dragon Ball" book series at Pittsville Elementary and Middle School and Parkside High School were removed from media center shelves for a committee review as required by procedures and policy. A complaint form was later received from a parent, according to Fredericksen.

On Monday, Oct. 12, a Board of Education committee met to review "Dragon Ball: The Monkey King" book. DFredericksen said he and other committee members have read the book, and several committee members have read other books from the "Dragon Ball" series that were pulled from media center shelves for review. Fredericksen said that after review, the committee recommended removal of all books in the "Dragon Ball" series. The committee is continuing to study the "Dragon Ball Z" series (intended for all audiences) for further recommendations, Fredericksen said.

Fredericksen said he agreed with the committee's recommendation and is directing that the books pulled for committee review- "Dragon Ball: The Monkey King" and the remainder of the Dragon Ball series (not the Dragon Ball Z series, which is still under review)- not be returned to school media centers.

"These books will not be available in any Wicomico school media center," Fredericksen said.

Fredericksen said this decision does not deny the use of acceptable graphic novels as an available educational tool in the school system. He noted that graphic novels with appropriate content can be a useful tool in encouraging reluctant readers to pick up a book and read.

Fredericksen said that as a result of this incident, Wicomico public schools are instituting more focused and ongoing professional development training on the selection of media materials and additional procedures to handle student requests for media books and resources.

"The Wicomico County Public School System regrets the offense caused to the family that submitted a complaint about the book," Fredericksen said. "I urge anyone who has a concern about reading materials brought home from school to contact the school so that the procedures and policies already in place for handling such concerns can be followed and a resolution to the concern can be reached."

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Delaware State Fair Kicks Off in Harrington

    Delaware State Fair Kicks Off in Harrington

    Jul 19, 2018 6:58 PM2018-07-19 22:58:00 GMT
    Thursday, July 19 2018 6:59 PM EDT2018-07-19 22:59:32 GMT
    HARRINGTON, Del. --- The 99th Annual Delaware State Fair kicked off Thursday in Harrington. The event runs for 10 days at the fairgrounds and features amusement park rides, food vendors, agriculture exhibits, and other events like concerts. The event starMore
    HARRINGTON, Del. --- The 99th Annual Delaware State Fair kicked off Thursday in Harrington. The event runs for 10 days at the fairgrounds and features amusement park rides, food vendors, agriculture exhibits, and other events like concerts. The event starMore
  • 40 German Shepherd's Removed From Kennel Near Pocomoke

    40 German Shepherds Removed From Kennel Near Pocomoke

    Jul 19, 2018 6:34 PM2018-07-19 22:34:00 GMT
    Thursday, July 19 2018 6:37 PM EDT2018-07-19 22:37:06 GMT
    Jolindy's Kennel (Photo WBOC)Jolindy's Kennel (Photo WBOC)
    Jolindy's Kennel (Photo WBOC)Jolindy's Kennel (Photo WBOC)
    POCOMOKE, Md. - Last Friday Dog Control in Westover received an anonymous complaint about Jolindy's Kennel stating that the property is dirty and there were concerns for the dogs living there. Linda Brown is the owner of the kennel and she was surprised wMore
    POCOMOKE, Md. - Yesterday 40 German Shepherds were removed from Jolindy's Kennel. More
  • Nearly Half of July's Overdoses Were in Sussex County

    Nearly Half of July's Overdoses Were in Sussex County

    Jul 19, 2018 6:11 PM2018-07-19 22:11:00 GMT
    Thursday, July 19 2018 6:16 PM EDT2018-07-19 22:16:19 GMT
    (Photo: AP)(Photo: AP)
    (Photo: AP)(Photo: AP)
    SEAFORD, De- The opioid epidemic continues to ravage the nation, including here in Sussex County where nearly half of the deaths from drug overdoses this month are from Delaware's southern-most county.More
    SEAFORD, De- The opioid epidemic continues to ravage the nation, including here in Sussex County where nearly half of the deaths from drug overdoses this month are from Delaware's southern-most county.More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices