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Censorship in Public Schools -A principal in a California high shcool bans five books written by Richard Brautigan because he thinks they might contain obscenities or offensive sexual references Berger 59 -A Vermont high school librarian is orced to resign because she fought the school boards decision to remove Richard Prices The Wanderers and to restrict the use of Stephen Kings Carrie and Patrick Manns Dog Day Afternoon Jones 33 -An Indiana school board takes action that leads to the burning of many copies of a textbook that deals with drugs and the sexual behavior of teenagers Berger 61 These cases of censorship in public shools are not unusual and there is evidence that such challenges are increasing Woods 2 These challenges are actually typical o the ones being leveled against school libraries today These challenges can come from one person or a group concerned with the suitability of the material in question In almost every case the efort to ban books is said to be justified by fesr of the harmful effects that the books may haave on young children Berger 59 The result of therse censorship attempts has been two opposing sides one side believes that more suitable materials can usually be found from among the wealth of materials available on most subjects Woods 1 In the simplest terms the debate is between censorship and the freedom to read The most important question when discussing censorship deals with its constitutionality does censorship violate the First Amendments guarantee of free speech Censorship advocates actually use the words of the First Amendment to make their point the amendment reads Congress shall make no law it does not say There shall be no law Berger 69 They believe that although the federal government is forbidden to censor it is not unconstitutional for states and local communities to pass censorship laws Berger 69 Also since the US Supreme
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