The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini was challenged for sexual content and graphic language by a school board member and one community member. The school board member has proposed amending the district’s current media policy to apply standards for audio and visual materials including books.
Archives for February 2008
We are deeply concerned about the recent decision to suspend three students from Grover Cleveland High School because they wore homemade t-shirts which read, “My Vagina is Obscene,” to protest the censorship of the school newspaper Le Sabre. We understand that the school paper was confiscated because it featured a detailed diagram of a vagina and accompanying articles about “V-Day”, a national movement to raise awareness about violence toward women. In our view, both in censoring the school paper and suspending sophomore Richard Edmond and two of his peers for wearing these t-shirts, you have violated the students’ basic First Amendment and state free speech rights.
Looking for Alaska by John Green Challenged at Depew High School, Depew, NY Kimberly A. Mueller, Superintendent Members of the Board of Education Depew Union Free School District 591 Terrace Boulevard Depew, New York 14043 February 22, 2008 Dear Superintendent Mueller and Members of the Board of Education: We write to oppose efforts […]
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell is a story about two male penguins who adopt and parent a chick. The book was challenged by one parent who objected to the story. Two committees at the school and district levels approved the book without restriction. However, despite these recommendations, the Superintendent of […]
Exposing the Censor Within at the College Art Association Conference in Dallas, TX, 2008 Wednesday, February 20–Friday, February 22, 8:00 am–7:00 pm Adam’s Mark Hotel, 2nd Floor Open and free to the public Exposing the Censor Within is an interactive public installation conceived by Svetlana Mintcheva, Director of the Arts Program at of the National […]