Wicomico County schools have removed Akira Toriyama’s “Dragon Ball” series of graphic novels from their elementary schools after a city councilman received a complaint from a mother of a nine-year-old. Upon review of the book, they discovered the book contained several depictions of nudity and sexual innuendo.
Mark Thompson, president of the county school board, said it appears grant funding — not county dollars — bought the books in question. He said county schools did not select the books individually because they came as part of a “bulk purchase.”
“The pictures I saw, if it was meant for adults, it crosses the line for child pornography. If it’s for a child, why show these scenes for children?” Thompson said.
The “Dragon Ball” books focus on Son Goku, a monkey-tailed boy on a quest to obtain mythical objects called Dragon Balls. The series was later adapted into a popular animated TV show called “Dragon Ball Z.”