The union says a local high school’s summer reading list will cause incoming freshmen to distrust the police
By PoliceOne Staff
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC – A police union is
calling into question a local high school’s summer reading list, saying
some of the material will cause an “indoctrination of distrust of
police” in the incoming freshmen class.
The novels at the center
of the controversy, “The Hate U Give” and “All American Boys,” are two
of four books students can choose to read over the summer at Wando High
School, according to News 2. Both deal in issues of police use of force and racism, casting police in a negative light, the union says.
"Freshmen, they're at the age where their interactions with law
enforcement have been very minimal,” President of the Fraternal Order of
Police Tri-County Lodge #3 John Blackmon said. “They're not driving
yet, they haven't been stopped for speeding, they don't have these type
of interactions. This is putting in their minds, it's almost an
indoctrination of distrust of police and we've got to put a stop to
Blackmon said the union has received hundreds of messages
from community members and police officers outraged over the books the
The school is currently reviewing the union’s request to remove the books from the summer reading list.