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Banned Book Week

September 21-27, 2014

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Bluest Eye

2014

Challenged in Legacy High School's Advanced Placement English classes in Adams County (CO) because it was a "badbook." A notice was sent home to let parents know what they would be reading and why and an alternate assignment was offered to those who wanted it. Half a dozen students of about 150 opted to read one of the alternative texts and received instruction on those works outside of class time. Challenged on a suggested reading list for Columbus (OH) high school students by the school board president because it is inappropriate for the school board to "even be associated with it." A fellow board member described the book as having "an underlying socialist-communist agenda."

2012

Challenged in the Brookfield (CN) High School curriculum because of sex scenes, profanity, and age-appropriateness of the book. Students in the high school have been reading Morrison's book since 1995.

2009

Retained in the Delphi (IN) Community High School's curriculum despite claims of inappropriate sexual content and graphic language.

2008

Challenged in the Howell (MI) High School because of the book's strong sexual content. In response from the president of the Livingston Organization for Values in Education (LOVE), the county's top law enforcement official reviewed the book to see whether laws against distribution of sexually explicit materials to minors had been broken. The county prosecutor wrote, "Whether these materials are appropriate for minors is a decision to be made by the school board, but I find that they are not in violation of the criminal laws."

2007

Challenged in the Howell (MI) High School because of the book's strong sexual content. In response from the president of the Livingston Organization for Values in Education (LOVE), the county's top law enforcement official reviewed the book to see whether laws against distribution of sexually explicit materials to minors had been broken. The county prosecutor wrote, "Whether these materials are appropriate for minors is a decision to be made by the school board, but I find that they are not in violation of the criminal laws."

2006

Banned from the Littleon (CO) curriculum and library shelves after complaints about its explicit sex, including the rape of an eleven-year-old girl by her father.

2005

Challenged, but retained at the Kern High School District in Bakersfield (CA) despite complaints of the book's sexually explicit material.

2004

Challenged, but retained at the Kern High School District in Bakersfield (CA) despite complaints of the book's sexually explicit material.


Held at Marshall (Drinko Library - PS3563.O8749 B55 2000).



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