Gary Thompson

board member, Fort Osage School District

To the editor:

After reading the Examiner report of April 12 regarding the Fort Osage School Board vote to retain a book challenged by a parent, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” I feel it necessary to explain my decision to vote no on retaining this book in the Fort Osage School District.

This book has profanity, sexual phrases and a degrading racial comment. The racial comment alone is reason to remove this book from our district. This comment uses the N-word and the F-word. We have removed God from our schools and replaced Him with profanity and racial comments.

I thank Kelly Scott for joining me in the attempt to remove this book from our classrooms.