Banned Books 2020 – Howl

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


At least two parents of high school students in Steamboat Springs (CO) objected to the poem “Howl,” originally (and unsuccessfully) prosecuted as obscene in 1957. In 2019, a school reconsideration committee voted 8-1 to retain the classic work. A student claimed that she was not allowed to opt out of the assignment and hired legal counsel to press her claims. The teacher sent an apology to students, claiming an oversight in not allowing students to opt out.


Banned in Jacksonville (FL) high school because of descriptions of homosexual acts

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Last updated

August 12, 2020