Book parents complain about gets pulled
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — “I don’t want my child to have to read that book with that part in it, I mean it’s just not right,” says Toyette Screen, Mother. Toyette Screen is talking about the book, “Little House in the Big Woods,” by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Thursday night, Screen’s Father-in-law was helping her son, Jaylen with homework when he noticed this passage from the book, ‘There was an old darkey.’ jaylen immediately asked questions. “That’s what I remember him asking, what is a darkey?,” says Screen. According to the website, www.lauraingallswilder.com, the author wrote about the American era in the 1870’s and 1880’s. Toyette Screen says, while America has progressed some of the attitudes are still here now and she’s concerned about that. “Just because it was acceptable, doesn’t make it right,” says Screen. Screen also says the book goes against what she teaches her children. “There is not difference , you know white, black, korean or whatever, you know their might be a difference in the color, but we are all loved the same,” says Screen. Screen’s husband was also concerned. “You’ve got 7 year olds with young impressionable minds, and in this book is this derogatory statment, it’s just not cool,” says Randy Screen, Father. We contacted the distrcit about the Screen’s complaint and they released this statement. “We take our parent’s concerns very seriously. There is a board policy in place for just this situation. If a parent finds objectionable text in school materials, they are encouraged to shair their concerns with the school administration. A parent may always request the teacher provide an alternative book for the child to read.” Something Randy Screen is also concerned about. “I don’t want him to think he done something wrong,” says Screen. However, the parent says something has to be done. “If I’m going to fight for one,I will fight for all of them,” says Screen. But they understand it could be a long road ahead. “It’s not just about us, it incorporates a lot of people, so you can’t move quickly, you know you just have to take it one day at a time and go from there,” says Screen. ABC Columbia News spoke with Toyette Screen Friday evening and she tells us, the principal of North Springs Elementary, called her husband to notify him that the book had been pulled from the classroom.