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Greenville Co. Textbook Stirs 2nd Amendment Controversy

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Hillcrest High School in Simpsonville Hillcrest High School in Simpsonville
SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. -

The Greenville County School District is instructing teachers to skip a page of a high school history text book after a controversy about the presentation of the second amendment.

The issue attracted attention this week on a national political website.

Greenville County Schools spokesman Oby Lyles wrote in a statement to 7 On Your Side that page 149 of the state-adopted "Americans" history textbook doesn't accurately present the second amendment.

The book says citizens have the right to bear arms as members of a militia of citizen-soldiers.

That definition upset some parents.

"We should have every right to bear arms and we don't have to be in a militia or a military or anything," Cheryl Iley said. "I feels like we're slowly losing our freedoms."

Among students who spoke with 7 On Your Side, opinions were mixed.

"I feel like that's a big thing that they should correct," Hillcrest High School Student Alex Irwin said.

"I honestly don't think it's that big of a deal, I mean I don't think people should get so upset about it," 10th grade student Alex Parker said.

Teachers will continue to use the book but will refer to another page with a more accurate definition of the amendment.

The school district notified the State Department of Education of this issue.

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