Mother of Highland Park Middle School Student Sues Writer's Folks Over "Defamatory" Novel
The complaint then goes on to detail exactly that those scenes contain -- not exactly kid-friendly stuff, much more Larry Clark. It also alleges school officials knew about the book, got their hands on it and determined it "contained obscene content which was damaging to some of the students and disruptive to the school environment," leading to the suspension of the author, who has since returned to school. Calls are out to the attorney who filed the suit, as well as the author's parents, Lisa Halvorson and Stephen Cannon; and HPISD's director of communications, Helen Williams. The suit, incidentally, claims they were all shades of negligent for having failed, among other things, "to monitor the movies, television programs, books, and other influential material that was viewed and read by N.C."
Update at 2:39 p.m.: HPISD's Williams just sent a brief statement from the district. It reads, in full: "The campus principal and assistant principal were told about the book and given a copy. They investigated the incident and took appropriate action. We cannot go into detail about disciplinary actions because we are prohibited by law from discussing such matters. We consider the lawsuit to be a private matter between the litigants."