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Police investigate "concerning" letters to teachers about book that may be banned

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Book cover for "The house of the spirits" (Source: IsabelAllende.com) Book cover for "The house of the spirits" (Source: IsabelAllende.com)

Police in Boone are investigating after several teachers received letters from an unknown source about a book some parents are hoping to get banned.

According to High Country Crime Stoppers, several teachers at Watauga High School received the letters on Monday. An official told WBTV the letters are "concerning."

The details of the letter were not released, but officials say it has to do with the book, "The House of the Spirits."

The novel, written by Isabel Allende, has reportedly been pushed for being added to the ban list by parents in Boone.

Officials say the letters were directed towards specific teachers and not towards students.

Earlier this month, Allende wrote about the potential banning. She says the controversy surrounds the honors English class at Watauga High.

"So far, thank goodness, they have been unsuccessful," she wrote on February 3. "Last fall the county board of education voted unanimously to uphold its use in the classroom but there's another hearing on the subject in a couple of weeks."

She wrote if she were a student there she "would be dying to get my hands on a copy of The House of the Spirits just to see what all the fuss is about!"

Allende congratulated teacher Mary Kent Whitaker for teaching The House of Spirits.

"Let's hope she gets to keep on teaching books of her choice," Allende wrote. "Alternative books are available to students, so a ban of one book seems to me like you're just asking for more attention."

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 / 828-737-0125 or the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6900. All information will be kept confidential.


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