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A county commissioner in Brunswick County is working diligently to have Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple” from being used in some English classes at West Brunswick High School.

The commissioner Pat Sykes says that the topics covered in the book, including violence against women, racism and harsh language are inappropriate for the students, according to The News & Observer.

Earlier, school officials rejected requests to remove the book. Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden has also rejected Sykes’ appeal. Pruden’s decision can be appealed and the school board will consider the challenge Jan. 3.

The book is on 11th-grade advanced placement English reading lists.

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