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Controversy in B'ville over book

The Baldwinsville School district is in the midst of a controversy regarding reading material in a Regents 11 English class.

Donald Crobar, a parent of a student in the class, is protesting the book "A Girls Life Online." The book is one of five that a contemporary literature class has the choice of reading from, which deals with "teenage struggles."

The book is a memoir of the author, Katherine Tarbox's relationship with a 41-year-old male sexual predator. The book describes many of the sexual activities when the author was 13 and the male 23. There are two pages in the book Crobar feels are inappropriate including a discussion between the author and two friends about different sex acts and the sexual experiences one of the girls had with different boys.

Crobar wants the school district to take the book off its curriculum. However, this book has been used by teachers for several years without any complaints about the material. The book is supposed to help teach students about Internet safety.

According to Superintendent Jeanne Dangle, the school district is currently going through the review process for the book. The book has to go fairly through this process before any actions can be taken.

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