A 128-page book written by a Guthrie Junior High teacher has left him suspended pending an investigation by the Guthrie school district. The investigation begin when a parent shared some of the inappropriate details of the book that some eighth grade students were reading.
The book was quickly removed from the classroom on Thursday and following a meeting on Friday Lyon was suspended with pay pending the investigation.
In a statement released by the Guthrie Public Schools on Friday, the district said they received notice of the book on Thursday.
“Guthrie Public Schools received a report from a parent that a book containing material inappropriate for their child had been provided by a school teacher. The material was immediately removed from the classroom. The teacher has been suspended with pay pending an investigation into the matter. Since this is a matter involving personnel, the district will have no further comment at this time.”
The book listed on Amazon describes the short stories as love stories, horror stories, minimalistic stories, and stories written just for the sake of writing something. The site goes on and says Lyon is the author of the young adult fantasy series Tales of Toratoga.
One student in February 2011 left a review on Amazon by saying, “the author to this book is actually my Language Arts teacher! Really good book. It gets emotional in the stories. The stories suck you in the lines as you read. I’m currently reading this book in class and so far my favourite story is Ash Wednesday.”
However, a grandmother of an eighth grade student says, “she is appalled by the subject matter and says it is pure smut.” It isn’t exactly the kind of thing you’d see on Babestation, but perhaps it isn’t the most appropriate for a teacher to be writing these things.
Another review stated the topics range from love to murder while another review said rape, molestation and abuse are among the topics discussed in the short stories.