Library book controversy at Lafayette Middle School


A library book is no longer on the shelf at a Lafayette Middle School.

This comes after a grandmother complained about what she called “explicit wording” in the writing.

Marja Broussard said her 13-year-old grandson was reading “Jacked” by Carrie Mac.

The book about a man being carjacked has content that she said is unsuitable for children.

“I firmly believe that if there’s anything in a book at school that I could get out kicked out of school for or reprimanded for if  blurt it out then it shouldn’t be a part of the library,” said Broussard.

Broussard said school administrators quickly removed the book from the library.

In fact, she said they’re unsure how the book even made it there in the first place.

“My grandson said it was on the shelf. The school said it may have been. So basically how did the book get there is a mystery cause it wasn’t chartered to be at that school,” said Broussard.

Patrick Hanisee, Library Science Specialist for LPSS, said over a million books are in circulation each year which means some books that are not developmentally appropriate could slip through the cracks.

“They will peruse the books just kind of go through them and they’ll read many of them, but peruse the rest to make sure none slip through and still they slip through every once in a while,” said Hanisee.

Hanisee said in this type of situation, parents should call administration immediately.

“Librarians can flag a student and put notes in that flag saying check this student’s books before he leaves the library or this student shouldn’t have fantasy books or whatever we can minimize some of those chances by doing things like that,” said Hanisee.

Lafayette Middle Principal, Dr. Donald Thornton, agreed the book should not have been at the school in the first place and he intends to make sure it doesn’t make its way back in.

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