Police Union Calls Out School For Assigning Anti-Police Books For Summer Reading

A school district assigned two books to students to read that portray white officers who shoot people 'with impunity.'

Mount Pleasant, SC – A local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police is objecting to two books that schools have put on students' reading list that it says indoctrinates students to distrust police.

The Fraternal Order of Police Tri-County Lodge No. 3 noted that the books “The Hate U Give” and “All American Boys” were assigned to students to be read, according to The Guardian.

“The Hate U Give” is a 2017 adult novel written by Angie Thomas. It follows a woman who witnesses the police shooting of her friend, who was unarmed. In the book the police officer mistakes the victim’s hairbrush for a gun.

A 2017 review of “The Hate U Give” by The Guardian states, “Finally, the 16-year-old evolves into a radicalised young black woman, keenly aware of the injustice of a system that regards the lives of poor black people as worth less than the white officers who appear to shoot them with impunity.”

“All American Boys” is a 2016 novel written by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. It is about a teenage boy who tries to overcome his distrust of police after he is wrongly accused of shoplifting and beaten by a police officer.

Brendan Kiely’s website gives a summary of the book in which it states that the country is “still deeply sick with racial injustice.”

Wando High School’s ninth-grade class was asked to read those novels as well as six other books over the summer holiday. Students have to read just one book of those assigned over the break.

“As a black man and a white man, both writers and educators, we came together to cowrite a book about how systemic racism and police brutality affect the lives of young people in America, in order to create an important, unique, and honest work that would give young people and the people who educate them a tool for talking about these difficult but absolutely vital conversations,” said Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, according to Brendan Kiely’s website.

The police union said the books generated numerous complaints.

"Whether it be through social media, whether it be through text message, whether it be phone calls, we've received an influx of tremendous outrage at the selections by this reading list,” said John Blackmon, president of the police union, according to WCBD-TV. Blackmon said he has received hundreds of messages from concerned people over the reading list.

"Freshmen, they're at the age where their interactions with law enforcement have been very minimal,” Blackmon said, according to WCBD. “They're not driving yet, they haven't been stopped for speeding, they don't have these type of interactions. This is putting in their minds, it's almost an indoctrination of distrust of police and we've got to put a stop to that. There are other socio-economic topics that are available and they want to focus half of their effort on negativity towards the police? That seems odd to me."

The Charleston County School District said they were aware that the two books were considered controversial “by some members of our community,” according to WCBD.

The district said a request to pull the books from the reading list was submitted.

Once the district’s chief academic officer receives the complaint, a committee will hear from the person who filed the complaint, the teacher who assigned the books to be read and any experts on the subject.

The committee will give the superintendent a recommendation within 30 days, according to WCBD. The superintendent then would accept or reject the recommendation. An appeal can also be made to the Board of Trustees, who have the final say.

Comments (28)
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overwatcher
overwatcher

Memere
Memere

This is BS!! Most of the kids have probably already read or looked into reading it! Let's just keep pushing hate and negative impressions...our enemies love!!!

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

So... teach kids to hate the ones that will show up to protect them against the violent left's creations that go to schools, with weapons. Is that what I'm hearing?

CRETE GARY
CRETE GARY

Great thing to teach at school.NOT

ByAnyMeansNecessary
ByAnyMeansNecessary

Read the books before you judge.

Iowa48
Iowa48

So why didn’t the school assign something by the Manhattan Institute’s Heather MacDonald for students to read? Something grounded in actual research and facts?

Iowa48
Iowa48

Does the truth even matter anymore in America? It does seem to matter to the marxist teachers' unions running the indoctrination camps that pass for public schools.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Who decides what books are to be read?? They should be fired, period !

dsmarine
dsmarine

Have them call the NEA when they need help. I would not volunteer to work in this school system as paid or unpaid security!

Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

Our Children are being Indoctrinated at younger and younger ages into the leftist/liberal mindset and the Brainwashing Continues all throughout their entire education, or until they are driven to violence against their own Classmates, fellow citizens and families.

ByAnyMeensNecessary
ByAnyMeensNecessary

I read the book, Dr. Suess is better. Especially Cat in the Hat , and any books about my Dinghy.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

None of the police union's business what books the children are assigned to read. This is America, home of the free. This story smacks of authoritarianism / police state.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Just-My-Thoughts The local school board does. Not the cops. Not ever the cops.

They should stick to what they know and leave this to professionals.

61mouse
61mouse

@ Burgers Allday and it's none of the schools business if a drug dealer sells drugs at school....in your mind it would be stopping someone to make money to provide for their family. And schools won't let someone bring a gun on property therefore taking away 2nd Amendent

Memaw187
Memaw187

The schools now days are hotbeds of liberals who subvert morals and teach perversions instead of reading and math. God help America,our future is going down The toilet

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Burgers Allday - so what you're saying is that the police aren't allowed to voice their concerns about the propaganda the school is asking the children to read? I just want to make sure I got this right - do you not believe that police officers are covered by the First Amendment of the Constitution? This is a serious question. I would love to get your input since we all know that you're a constitutional scholar.

LEO0301
LEO0301

"The local school board does. Not the cops. Not ever the cops. They should stick to what they know and leave this to professionals."

Interesting comment from someone who has never been in law enforcement yet spends most of his day criticizing the response of the police. Don't you hate when your own words make you look like an idiot.

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

The educational system is thoroughly corrupted by cultural Marxist anti-Americanism.

Destroying the thin blue line of the police against anarchy is one of their strategies toward their ultimate goal of destroying the country and remaking it again from the ground up in their own image.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@61mouse Drugs are illegal. Books arent.

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

socialism should be illegal

Pat1978
Pat1978

The professionals have been co-opted by the far left. Thank goodness someone is paying attention.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

@LEO0301: I encourage individual police officers to express their views on the matter as private citizens. However, doing it through the police union is inappropriate and smacks of a police state. Hopefully public sector unions are on their way out anyway. Was a bit surprised to see unionized police as far south as South Carolina -- maybe this will help accelerate the demise of the union there.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Burgers Allday - and it's certainly inappropriate to suggest impressionable children read books that's aren't factual. Just so you know, the constitution says nothing about the police not being able to voice an opinion.

I was in a police union in Florida and they are going nowhere. The PBA is a powerful union protecting the rights of police officers. Their membership is over 50,000 Florida police officers.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

"The PBA is a powerful union " -- that is part of what makes this story bad from a freedom of speech, expression and thought perspective -- which is to say, the true traditional American perspective.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Burgers Allday - You said " that is part of what makes this story bad from a freedom of speech, expression and thought perspective". Lol, I find it ironic that you apparently believe that freedom of speech only applies to people you personally support. To hell with you if your opinion doesn't match mine, right Burgers?

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

@LEO0301: you make a lot of comments that I disagree with. Do I ever say anything mean about you or ask to shut up. I don't think I do -- correct me if I am wrong about that.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Burgers Allday - if I'm not mistaken we were talking about whether the police can voice an opinion without being shut down or ridiculed by people like yourself. This isn't about how nice you are to me. It's about the content of this article. If you want I can go back through your comments and quote some of your more infamous remarks regarding law enforcement.