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Highland Park, TX (KDAF) — Permission slips are just for field trips, right? Not anymore, which is why some Highland Park parents are trippin’ out over a new form students brought home.

It asks them to give their high school kids permission to read books.

Yep, it’s the latest book ban drama to come out of this week’s Highland Park ISD meeting.

Protests started back in September from parents of Highland Park 10th graders.

Most were angry their kids were reading books on the school approved list with scenes that involve sexual situations, rape and abortion.

But when seven books were suspended, other parents got angry too.

“They cannot limit what our children learn based on a select few parents deciding that they’re not okay for them,” Natalie Davis said.

Well, this time, parents are being asked to sign a slip to let their 11th grade AP English students read required books with mature content.

We’re talking about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway.

Seriously, not 50 Shades of Grey?!

So, what if you’re a parent and don’t want your kid placing their peepers on any of these novels? Well, they’ll be given an alternative reading assignment.

As for parents who are fine with their kids reading Hemingway but think signing a slip is over the top, there’s a form for that too!

“This is just really gotten ridiculous and I’m just sick about it,” Davis said.

By Dalila Thomas