Donated book about sex abuse, homosexuality ends up with 3rd grader

 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The controversial book "Alfie’s Home" ended up in the hands of a local third-grader at Daniel Academy.

The book implies being gay is a reversible condition caused by childhood sex abuse.

The young girl's stepmother, Patricia Shine, couldn’t believe what her daughter was reading.

Published in '93, it begins w/ the main character Alfie explaining he is unhappy & wishes his dad would spend time w/ him @ActionNewsJax

— Bridgette Matter (@bridgetteANjax) May 5, 2017

“When I talked to the principal earlier, she said, 'We didn’t review the book.' Well, you don’t review everything that you hand the children?” Shine said.

It contained language she didn’t think was fit for a young child and a storyline she calls inappropriate.

In the beginning of the book, the main character, Alfie, explains he is unhappy, saying his uncle has molested him for months.

AlfiesHome a book a #child brought home from school the storyline explains being #gay can be reversed @ActionNewsJax at 6 #Jacksonville

— Bridgette Matter (@bridgetteANjax) May 5, 2017

Alfie is molested by his uncle Pete, Alfie later says as a teen he started feeling "differentfrom the other guys." @ActionNewsJax

— Bridgette Matter (@bridgetteANjax) May 5, 2017

The character says he is confused and talks to a counselor, who tells Alfie he is not gay. Later in the book, Alfie declares, “Now I realize I am not gay” and marries a woman.

In the about the author section, it explains Richard Cohen transitioned to heterosexuality and is now happily married.

According to reports, "Alfie’s Home" was submitted to the Supreme Court to oppose gay marriage.

We reached out to Daniel Academy to find out how Shine’s stepdaughter got the book in the first place. Daniel Academy sent a statement explaining the mistake, saying in part, “We explained that it was not a book contained in our library, but rather was a donated book and was simply sorted incorrectly.”

Shine said it forced her to have a conversation with her child she wasn’t ready to have.

“I’m her parent and I feel like I should have been the one to discuss these things with her, not a book that was given to her by the school,” Shine said.

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