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Banned Book Week

September 27-October 4, 2008

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What's Eating Gilbert Grape?


Banned by the superintendent at the Carroll (IA) High School because of parental concerns about an oral sex scene. In response, students started an internet protest on Facebook. Hundreds joined the group - Un-ban Gilbert Grape! Censorship is Wrong - and organizers say they plan to collect signatures calling for a formal review. "Parents were already notified of its content and had to sign a permission slip for their child to read it." Later the Carroll school board voted to overturn Superintendent Rob Cordes' decision to ban the book from the high school's literature-to-film class.

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