Banned Books

THE KITE RUNNER

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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