An Aiken, SC middle school teacher won't face criminal charges after reading to his class from Orson Scott Card's classic sci-fi novel Ender's Game, which a 14-year-old student's mother described as "pornographic" in complaints to the school district and police.
Investigations by police and the district apparently didn't turn up any pornographic material in Ender's Game, but the teacher may still have violated district policy by reading from three books -- the Card novel, Agatha Christie's Curtain and Victoria McKernan's The Devil's Paintbrush, a young adult novel set in the Old West -- without getting them approved by the administration.
"One of the things that teachers are supposed to do is preview material for appropriateness for any questions that may come up," said Joe Shealy, the district's academic officer for middle schools.
School district officials said they expect the issue to be resolved quickly, and they're also looking into whether the school's staff "followed district policy in a timely manner" in their handling of the complaint.
An earlier report suggested that the teacher may have been suspended for reading pornographic material from the Internet in class, but neither the school district nor Aiken police have confirmed that accusation.