The National Coalition Against Censorship wrote to the Nampa School District Board in Idaho after the school board voted to permanently delete 22 books district libraries for allegedly containing “pornography”.
The books on the list, were described by a board member as "hav[ing] not good”, and included The bluest eyeby Toni Morrison; The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood; and looking for alaska, by John Green. After having been challenged by a parent Last January, employee and parent committees were formed to assess credentials, following existing guidelines and NCAC best practices. However, the school board vote appears to have permanently removed the books from the shelves before the process could be completed, with (according to Idaho Hurry) the vice-chairman of the board of trustees expressed concern that the books that remained accessible during the exam could have “traumatized or caused mental destruction”.
The NCAC is particularly concerned about plans for the district to draft new book challenge proceduresand offered our expertise and resources to help ensure that Nampa students’ First Amendment rights are protected.
Read our full letter to the Council below. Click here for a full screen view: