ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (KRQE) - A determined mom has won in a fight with a New Mexico school district.
She was shocked when she saw what the local high school was forcing her teenage daughter to read, but now because of the uproar, the school district has changed its tune.
It's a book the Arizona Daily Star says is "seasoned with a very adult dose of horror."
"I cannot read this to you and put it on the news. It's too inappropriate. It's that bad," said Nancy Wilmott.
Wilmott has a sophomore daughter at Alamogordo High School where the explicit book "Neverwhere" by Neil Gaiman has been required reading material since 2004. On Thursday that changed.
"I trusted the school system. I trusted the school district to pick proper material, and this is not," said Wilmott.
Wilmott says she contacted school officials last week about the book's sexual innuendos and harsh language.
"I did state to the principal that this is rated-R material, and she can't get into a rated-R movie," Wilmott said.
She says the school administration gave her very little feedback.
"She said thank you. Have a nice day and click," Wilmott said.
According to Alamogordo High's principal, Wilmott's concerns did not go unnoticed.
In fact, they prompted the school district to review the book and as of Thursday "Neverwhere" has been taken off the shelves.
Wilmott is relieved but upset she had to take action to get the book off the required reading list.
"A parent can't read a 400-page-book to find out if it's appropriate," Wilmott said. "You rely on your school to do that for you."
Alamogordo school officials say this is the first complaint they've had about the book since they started using it in their curriculum in 2004.
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