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Knox Co. Schools: Book did not adhere to district guidelines
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Knox Co. Schools: Book did not adhere to district guidelines

Knox County Schools says staff at Hardin Valley Academy did not follow district guidelines when they selected a controversial book as part of required summer reading.

Students enrolled in the STEM program at Hardin Valley Academy were required to read a science-fiction book called "Robopocalypse."

Sam Lee, the parent of a 14-year-old student, said the book is full of foul language, including the "f" word, and should never have been assigned.

Following his complaint, Lee received an email response from Executive Director of Secondary Education Dr. Clifford Davis, which said in-part:

"The administration and staff at Hardin Valley Academy followed a different process, other than the one prescribed by the district, to select this book as a reading assignment."

Lee says he hoped his complaint would spark change.

"Upfront parental consent and alternative reading at the same time, and listed content. Some kind of content that we know what we're-- not just objectionable material, but listed content," he said.

Davis also told Lee that the district has responded to his complaint by sending a letter to parents to request permission for their students to be included in discussions related to Robopocalypse, trained Hardin Valley staff on the process for selecting instructional materials, and planned a training session for all secondary school principals.

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