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Book deemed racist, pulled from school classroom

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HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) -

A tiny book has caused a huge uproar in Hopewell after a parent complained that the book is racist.

The book is called "The Well: David's Story," by award-winning African-American author Mildred D. Taylor. A spokesman for the Hopewell School Board said the book was chosen as part of Black History Month.

Francisco Johnson said it's not suitable for his 12-year-old son or any student at Carter G. Woodson Middle School because its pages are filled with the "n-word."

Johnson says his sixth grader came home Monday afternoon and told him his teacher was reading the book, and the "n-word," out loud to the classroom.

Johnson was outraged and immediately reached out to the school principal and Hopewell School Board.

"With a young mind, they shouldn't be growing up thinking this word can be spoken out loud in public," said Johnson.

After receiving the complaint, the Hopewell School Board reviewed the book and decided to pull it from the curriculum.

Johnson says pulling the book is a start but he's not ready to give up yet. He wants the teacher and the school officials who approved the book to be removed from their positions as well.

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