The groups underline that the First Amendment protects a student’s right to receive and possess literature, as long as the books in question do not cause disruption to the educational process.
NCAC is in the process of writing to the elementary school underlining that students have a First Amendment right to receive and possess literature, provided the books in question do not cause disruption to school activities.
The objecting New London parents say that the book features “gratuitous and unnecessary” profanity and sexual references.
The groups emphasize that the mere presence of explicit language and violence in a book provides no justification for its removal.
NCAC’s letter will underline that a primary goal of the school system “is to exercise the responsibilities of citizenship by promoting democratic values such as free expression, tolerance, and diversity.” This includes diversity of opinion.