Students should be able to enjoy wide range of books, not censorship

Daily Illini – “In late January, a small Virginia town’s headlines exclaimed its public school system was pulling an “explicit text” from the curriculum of its schools. The book was criticized for its “sexually suggestive references” and comments of a “homosexual nature.” Countless other schools nationwide have pulled the same book off school and public library shelves for being “too depressing.” Even the Alabama State Textbook Committee tried to reject the book in 1983 because it was “a real downer.”

Imagine my surprise when the picture accompanying the story about what must have been an undoubtedly graphic and morbidly depressing piece of literature was that of a smiling 12-year-old Anne Frank. Though the “explicit text” was temporarily reinstalled into circulation after international uproar, the usage of this particular edition will be reviewed before deciding whether it will return to the hands of students this fall.”

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