The Bible remains; Epic! Application removed for review | Overview of censorship

Recent censorship developments include the decision to keep the Bible in the library and classrooms of a Kansas high school, and the removal and revision of the Epic! digital library app due to concern about An ABC of equality and other titles.

Bible Stays at Kansas School Libraries

A Derby County (KS) Schools Committee has voted not to remove the Bible from its libraries or classrooms, specifically Derby High School’s optional ‘Bible as Literature’ course, after receiving a formal challenge , according to Post Salina.

The former city council member who filed the challenge cited verses on murder, masturbation, genocide, incest and other mature topics and argued that the religious text is just as provocative as some works contemporary, according to the report.

The complaint arose out of the district’s earlier removal of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indianciting sexual references and slurs.

Epic! app removed for review after complaint

Williamson County (TN) Schools (WCS) removed Epic!, a children’s digital library with more than 40,000 selections, from student learning devices after staff were notified of a “concern,” according to Herald Williamson.

The district is reviewing the app, according to the report.

An email from WCS communications director Carol Birdsong was quoted by the Herald WilliamsonNoted An ABC of equality by Chana Ginelle Ewing as the title that raised the initial objection.

The article quoted Birdsong’s email stating, “This review is based on shared concerns about the book titled ‘An ABC of Equality’ and others with similar topics. After preliminary review, we found no content that should be blocked for all students. However, the app contains over 40,000 selections and selections are subject to change, so staff are conducting a review of this application as follows: how students access content available through the application; verify that WCS internet filters correctly filter content when accessed directly through the application.

Wake County, NC protests continue after failed attempts to remove books

Protesters gathered outside a Wake County (NC) school board meeting on Tuesday, April 5 to accuse the district of “promoting pornography” and “sexualizing students” for having certain books, including Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe and lawn boy by Jonathan Evison, in high school libraries, according to the News & Observer. The school board recently upheld Cary High School’s decision to keep lawn boy available on the library shelves.

the News & Observer reported that nine people had previously attempted to file criminal charges against the Wake County school system over certain books, including lawn boy. The Wake County prosecutor declined to press charges.

Eleanor and Park will require parental permission in the TN district

A district books appeal committee formed in Wilson County (TN) voted to retain, Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell and The bluest eye by Toni Morrison District High Schools, following a complaint from moms for Liberty Wilson County, according to WSMVName. The committee recommended requiring parental permission to verify Eleanor and Park colleges in the district and keeping The bluest eye out of college libraries, where this was not currently the case. The school board adopted the committee’s recommendations.

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Lance B. Holton