Banned Books 2019 – Forever

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


A teacher at the East Knox Elementary School (Howard, OH) gave a 5th-grader Judy Blume’s book about a high school senior which addresses (among other things) issues of teen sexuality. After a verbal parental complaint, the teacher was put on more than two weeks paid leave while the school investigated. The teacher returned, agreeing that the book – which was part of her private collection – was inappropriate for a 5th-grader.


Challenged in the Fayetteville (AR) Middle and Junior High School libraries along with more than 50 other titles as being too sexually explicit and promoting homosexuality.


Returned to Elgin (IL) middle school libraries after a four year absence.


Returned to Elgin, IL middle school libraries after having been banned in 1997.

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A Banned book has been removed from a library, classroom, etc.
A Challenged book has been requested to be removed from a library, classroom, etc.

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Last updated

July 11, 2019