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OKLAHOMA CITY -- School officials have pulled a book out of the classroom after a parent complained that it contained graphic language and discussed topics like sex and racism.

Clete Jones contacted officials at Western Heights Public Schools about the New York Times Bestseller “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” written by Sherman Alexie.  

Jones was upset that his 11-year-old daughter was reading the book at Bridgestone Intermediate School.

"I was just shocked at what I was reading. It was very vulgar," Jones said.

The story is about a Native American who leaves the reservation to attend an all-white school.

The book has won multiple awards including the National Book Award.

The school district believes the book is more appropriate for high school students.

"They took a look at what the parent had objected to and the teacher and principal both agreed it was not appropriate for the grade level," Assistant Superintendent Rita Morgan said.

School officials said the teacher didn’t properly review the book before introducing it to the classroom.