(CNN) -- Is it essential literature or soft-core porn?
If you ask Debbie Stoner of Sierra Vista, Arizona, the book "Dreaming in Cuban" by author Cristina Garcia is pornography and has no place in her son's 10th-grade English class.
Officials in the Sierra Vista Unified School District don't necessarily agree with her, but the book nonetheless has been pulled from Buena High, the one school that featured it, a school district spokesman told HLN Monday.
Sierra Vista school officials say they will give parents a chance to voice their opinions on the book in an upcoming meeting.
The book is set during the Cuban revolution and illustrates the country's history and culture through three generations of women. After discovering a racy excerpt was read aloud in Buena High School, Stoner filed a complaint.
"I was appalled," she told HLN affiliate KGUN. "Handing them porn is not protecting them."
The content in question spans four paragraphs: "Hugo and Felicia stripped in their room, dissolving easily into one another, and made love against the whitewashed walls," the passage reads in part. The description of the characters' sexual encounter gets more detailed from there.
Stoner said it's typical for teenagers to delve into things they shouldn't.
"They go out and they look for things like that. I understand, but when a person in authority gives them something -- that's a whole other message to the child," Stoner said to HLN affiliate KVOA.
District officials say the book is not about sex and is part of national common core curriculum standards. But school officials have apologized.
"We were truly sorry," Sierra Vista Superintendent Kriss Hagerl told KGUN. "We did not know [that content] was there."
Sarah Pacheco, a spokeswoman for Sierra Vista Unified School District, told HLN the book has been pulled from the classroom until further review. "We only had the book in the one school. It had been purchased by the curriculum department just last year."
Pacheco told HLN a committee of parents and teachers is being assembled to review the book. The public will also be able to weigh in on whether the book should stay on school shelves. The book's author also told KVOA she is open to speaking with the district and the community about their concerns.
If "Dreaming in Cuban" is not banned, parents would be given the option to have their child read an alternative book. "It's just a few sentences, but it makes a difference for a lot of people and I understand that," Hagerl said.
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