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Mother claims first-grader brought home book about family murders from school library

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KNIGHTDALE, N.C. – A parent of a North Carolina elementary student was shocked when she looked closer at the book her son checked out from the school library.

It’s a graphic novel about a ghost story written specifically for young children, but Kay Walker says the content is anything but kid-friendly.

“It was talking about a man who murders his family and shows a man walking with his shotgun going to his parents and his sister and brother,” Walker told WNCN.

The book “Amityville” is part of a series called “Junior Graphic Ghost Stories.” The publisher’s website lists the books’ interest level for students in third through sixth grade and a second or third grade reading level.

“I couldn’t imagine a teacher pulling this book off the library and sitting in front of her kindergarten or first grade class reading it to them,” she said. “To make it towards kids who are so young and they’re just learning what is right and what’s wrong, and giving them these ideas, it just, it blows my mind.”

Walker talked to school officials and was told the book has been taken off the shelves.

Wake County Schools released the following statement to WCNC:

“In accordance with Board of Education policy a committee is formed once an official request is made to review a book. This committee follows the review process as put forth by policy and then makes a recommendation regarding the book in a timely manner.”

Publishing officials say they have not received any negative comments about the book since its release.