Banned Books

THE KITE RUNNER

2018

Delayed but ultimately approved in August 2017 for use in the curriculum at the Conejo Valley (CA) Unified School District Board because of board president's objections to sexuality and profanity in the book. Challenged but retained after a school district board member requested the novel be removed from the Advanced Placement English curriculum at Fishers (IN) High School, after discovering her daughter reading it. The parent objected to its inclusion of same-sex gang rape scene and depiction of distrust in adults. The book was retained in the curriculum, and teachers sent an end-of-the-year letter to parents, offering an alternative assignment if requested. Higley (AZ) Unified School District removed Khaled Hosseini's contemporary classic from the English curriculum, after 5 years of it being included on the list. Students at Williamsfield High School were in the middle of reading the book when it was pulled with no explanation. Students spoke up about the censorship and as a result, the administration shut down the high school newspaper.

2016

Suspended, but later reinstated as approved reading at the Buncombe County (NC) schools. The complainant, a self-described "conservative government watchdog," cited state law requiring local boards of education to include "character education" in the curriculum. She also said schools must teach sex education from an abstinence-only perspective. The book is used in 10th grade honors English classes and parents can request an alternative reading assignment for the child.

2014

Challenged, but retained as part of the Waukesha (WI) High School curriculum despite claims the beook "desensitizes students to violence."

2013

Challenged as optional reading in the 10th grade honors class at Troy (PA) area schools because the novel depicts a rape in graphic detail and uses vulgar language.

2012

Challenged, but retained as part of Senior Advanced Placement English at the Valley High School in Jonesboro (AR). The issue arose after two patrons disapproved of a scene depicting male-on-male rape, sexual innuendo, and vulgar language, as well as religious content throughout the book. Challenged as optional reading in the tenth-grade honors class at Troy (PA) Area Schools because the novel depicts a sodomy rape in graphic detail and uses vulgar language.

2009

Challenged as appropriate study in 10th grade honors English class at Freedom HS in Morganton (NC) because the novel depicts a sodomy rape in graphic detail and uses vulgar language. Retained in the Jackson County School District (Marianna, FL) after being removed from the required reading list for one class. The school board voted to retain the book in the library by a vote of five to two. Removed from the reading list at Centennial High School in Champaign (IL) due objections from a parent whose child was assigned the book for summer reading. Challenged in Burke County schools in Morgantown (NC) by parents concerned about the violence and sexual situations portrayed in the book.

2008

Challenged as appropriate study in 10th grade honors English class at Freedom HS in Morganton (NC) because the novel depicts a sodomy rape in graphic detail and uses vulgar language.


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