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South Carolina FOP Say School Reading List Is Anti-Police

South Carolina FOP Say School Reading List Is Anti-Police

By    |   Thursday, 14 June 2018 01:46 PM

A Fraternal Order of Police lodge in South Carolina critiqued a high school summer reading list that it says contains books that sow distrust of law enforcement.

Angered parents called John Blackmon, the police lodge president in the South Carolina town of Mount Pleasant, to report the reading list for an incoming freshman English class at Wando High School, local NBC affiliate News 2 reported.

"Freshmen, they're at the age where their interactions with law enforcement have been very minimal. They're not driving yet, they haven't been stopped for speeding, they don't have these types of interactions. This is putting in their minds. It's almost an indoctrination of distrust of police and we've got to put a stop to that,” Blackmon said.

The Fraternal Order of Police wants two books removed from a list of four choices; students have to read one over summer break, the report said.

The books in question are "The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas and "All-American Boys” by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.

Thomas' book depicts a teen whose best friend is killed by a police officer, and "All-American Boys” includes a boy who is brutalized by a police officer after being falsely accused of stealing, the report said.

Blackmon said he had received an "influx of tremendous outrage” over the list.

"There are other socio-economic topics available and they want to focus half of their effort on negativity towards the police? That seems odd to me,” Blackmon said.

South Carolina poet laureate and author Marjory Wentworth supports the choices for the summer program, and Angie Thomas' book "The Hate U Give."

"I don't think anybody who has ever read it has said it's an anti-police book. She's trying to tell a story about what it feels like to have this happen to you,” Wentworth said to Live 5 News.

Dr. Sherry Eppelsheimer, the Wando High principal, released a statement saying that a committee would review the books and provide a recommendation.

"I understand two of the selections/choices for this summer's reading list for English 1 College Prep classes are considered controversial by some members of our community. I appreciate their concern and input regarding this matter,” Eppelsheimer said in the statement.

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