Mother warns other parents after son received inappropriate book from local library
EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) —
An El Paso mom warns other parents to monitor what their children consume after her son received an inappropriate book from a local library.
Tiffany Meehan's kids took part in a summer reading program at the Jenna Welch and Laura Bush Community Library. They received a goodie bag with a free book at the end of the program.
Her 11-year-old son, Harrison, got a book titled "Will Grayson." Harrison said he read three paragraphs before taking it to his mom.
"I read it and it had a bunch of cuss words," Harrison said.
Meehan said it only got more graphic from there.
"As I flipped through, it just got worse and worse. (It was) very sexually explicit and it uses many curse words," she said.
She took the book to the library to find out why it was given to her 11-year-old. She was told it was a mix-up and that book was only supposed to be for students between 13 and 17 years old.
KFOX14 reached out to the library. An official said about four children in the 10-12-year-old age range received the book mistakenly. Each family was contacted to offer a replacement book.
Meehan said something like a rating system on books could have helped prevent this.
"It's not appropriate for kids," she said. "It would've been nice to be able to pick up the book and see an "m" for mature and explicit sexual content and language and I could've said, 'OK, that's not for us.'"