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FARGO, N.D., Nov 7, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- Two women want the Fargo (N.D.) School District to eliminate John Grisham's novel "A Time to Kill" from an English class at North High School.

Pamela Sund Herschlip and Ruth Walsh don't consider themselves censors or book banners, they merely see themselves as two moms who care about their kids, the Fargo Forum reported,

They say the book is too graphic and the antithesis of quality literature.

Their request to have the book removed was denied at the building and district levels. They will appear Tuesday before the School Board.

For them, the novel and the district's support of it is a symptom of a society gone awry.

"We protect teachers, adults, lesson plans and books, but we're not doing anything to protect our children," said Walsh, whose daughter was assigned the novel last year.

Grisham's novel tells the story of a lawyer who defends a black man after he shoots two white men who raped his young daughter. The novel describes the rape of the young girl in detail and includes descriptions of blood and brain matter after the father shoots the rapists.


Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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