Request for withdrawal from Henrico’s parents for the revision of a children’s novel

“A Good Kind of Trouble” by Lisa Moore Ramée. (Henrico Citizen/Anna Bryson)

The parent who launched a formal review of the children’s novel “A Good Kind of Trouble” to have it removed from Henrico’s school libraries withdrew their request on Tuesday after the process has been ongoing for more than three months.

The parent withdrew the request on Tuesday, a day after the Citizen published an article about the request for review. The withdrawal took place over the phone, so there is no record of the conversation. An HCPS official said it was a “personal decision for the family” and the family’s student would simply not borrow the book from the library.

In the original complaint, the parent wrote that the purpose of the book was to “indoctrinate” students. The parent said there was nothing good in the book and that Henrico County public school officials should “focus on educating our children, not teaching or offering material supporting a political ideology or militant group”.

The novel, written by Lisa Moore Ramée and published in 2019, is about a 12-year-old black girl who gets in trouble at school for wearing a Black Lives Matter armband, but stands up for what she believes in and pushes back. ‘school. authority.

The parent noted in the complaint that he objects to “support from a political/Marxist group.”

One of three co-founders of the organization Black Lives Matter said in 2015 that she and another co-founder of the organization were Marxists. However, the movement has grown enormously since then, and is now a campaign that generally represents anti-racism and is supported by many Americans, few of whom would identify as Marxists.

The parent who filed the complaint has a child at Gayton Elementary School in the county’s Far West End, according to school system officials. The student population there is 77% white and 4% black, much less diversified than the overall student population of the school system (35% white and 36% black).

The parent spoke with the school principal and filed the official request for review form on January 24, according to the complaint, which was obtained by the Citizen through a public records request. The form was submitted on March 12 and the review process began on March 13, according to the document.

There are 33 copies of the novel available in 16 elementary schools and six middle schools. The book has been viewed over 160 times since it was added to HCPS Libraries in July 2019.


Anna Bryson is Henrico Citizen’s educational reporter and Report for America staff member. Make a tax deductible donation to support his work, and RFA will match it dollar for dollar. Register here for its free weekly education newsletter.

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