Va. mom wants Pulitzer Prize-winning novel banned from school

Posted at 4:46 PM, Feb 07, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-08 00:36:53-05

FAIRFAX, Va. (WTVR) — A Virginia mom will find out this week if her fight to get a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel out of her child’s school has been successful.

Beloved by Toni Morrison is commonly taught in many high school English classes in the Commonwealth.

But the Washington Post reports Laura Murphy, a Fairfax mother of four, wants it banned because she thinks the details about murder and sexuality in the book are too explicit.

“It’s not about the author or the awards,” Murphy told the newspaper. “It’s about the content.”

Murphy said she wanted the book banned because her oldest son had nightmares after reading it for his AP English class.

The school board had put of its decision six months ago to allow school board members time to read the novel.

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