Banned Books 2018 – Fahrenheit 451

Marshall University does not ban books! The information is provided to let people know what has been banned/challenged elsewhere.


Retained as a required part of the 8th-grade curriculum at Santa Rosa (FL) District Schools. A parent filed a formal request to ban the classic 1953 novel because of profanity and using God’s name in vain. She also had concerns about Bradbury including sex, drugs, suicide, murder, and abortion in the book. After a review committee evaluation, per district selection policy, the superintendent clearly and directly supported intellectual freedom by retaining the book. Despite the school district’s assurance that students can opt for another assignment, some students plan to start a petition to ban Fahrenheit 451 from Santa Rosa District Schools for good.


Challenged at the Conroe (TX) Independent School District because of the following: “discussion of being drunk, smoking cigarettes, violence, ‘dirty talk’, references to the Bible, and using God’s name in vain.” The novel went against the complainants’ “religious beliefs.”

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Last updated

July 25, 2018