The Muscogee County School District’s media committee will meet today to discuss a parent’s request to remove the young adult novel, “My Brother Sam is Dead” from school libraries.
The meeting will be at 1 p.m. in Room 106 of the old Bradley Library on Bradley Drive.
"My Brother Sam is Dead" is a Revolutionary War novel by writer James Lincoln Collier and historian Christopher Collier. It tells the story of the Meeker family through the eyes of the youngest son, 14-year-old Tim Meeker. It has won critical acclaim for its dramatic prose and historical accuracy, and for its relevance to instruction in history and civics.
Shirley Waller, whose daughter checked out the book from the Reese Road Elementary library, complained that that novel has too much profanity.
In her formal complaint with the district, Waller wrote that she was unaware of any literary criticism regarding the book, and she personally thought “the story is fine.”
On the back of her complaint form, she listed 19 terms she found objectionable from the book. Fourteen were the word “damn” or some variation of the word, three of which could be considered blasphemous.
Waller noted discipline problems could result from children using such language in school.
The committee was scheduled to meet about the book last week, but the hearing was postponed because Waller was not notified of the meeting.
The committee’s options include leaving the book in libraries, removing it, restricting access to it without a parent’s permission and moving it from elementary to middle or high school libraries.