Controversial book to stay on Hardin Valley Academy reading list

Controversial book to stay on reading list at Hardin Valley Academy

"Robopocalypse" was awarded the Alex Award by the Young Adult Library Services Association in 2011. "Robopocalypse" was awarded the Alex Award by the Young Adult Library Services Association in 2011.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - After a parent complaint about a controversial book, school officials at Hardin Valley Academy have decided to keep the book in the curriculum.

In August, parent Sam Lee asked the school to remove "Robopocalypse" from the required reading list for "inappropriate language", saying he was upset that his son was being forced to read the book.

School officials assembled a seven-person committee to review the book. The committee consisted of four educators, two parents and a STEM academy student.

After meeting twice to discuss the book, the committee ruled in late September that the book should remain on the curriculum, but said that a disclaimer should be offered to parents about the violence and mature language.

"The decision was based on the fact that the novel enhances the STEM curriculum, an alternate read was and will continue to be provided, the book won an Alex Award from the American Library Association and the author's ability to reach reluctant readers through the work," said Hardin Valley Academy Principal Sallee Reynolds, in a written statement.

Reynolds went on to say that she did not like how much strong language was used in the book, but felt the committee ultimately made the right decision.

"The enthusiasm and maturity with which our STEM students have discussed this book with their teachers has been impressive," she said.

Sam Lee told 6 News he plans to appeal the ruling.

Lee is asking anyone who wants to help him fight this decision to contact him. He can be reached at or P.O. Box 31211 Knoxville, TN 37930.

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