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Banning Books Should Be Banned In Schools Essay

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“Something will be offensive to someone in every book, so you’ve got to fight it.” This quote is from Judy Blume referring to the censorship and the practice of banning books in school libraries and classrooms. Blume, like many authors has been under scrutiny for her progressive literary works. Banning books and other literary works is a subject of great debate, whether or not to allow as some see it as needed, or whether it violates the first Amendment, Freedom of Speech.
It’s important to have some general knowledge about how book banning came about. Banning books is not an issue that recently came about. For as long as people have been writing books, people have also been banning them. Until the invention of the printing press, books
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Usually a book under question will be challenged. A challenge is described as an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based up the objections of a person or group. Mainly the groups that are objecting are parents or teachers. If the challenge is successful it will be banned.
The First Amendment protects the right of Americans to think and speak freely. Banning books takes away that right, including the violation of the author’s freedom of speech. Author’s can write what they deem fit to write, whether or not it causes offense or conflict. Their freedom as the author is not complete unless, people can actually read what they write. If people ban books, it’s essentially preventing the authors from exercising their right to free speech. There have been many court cases regarding Freedom of Speech and book banning. One of the most prominent up to date is the Board of Education, Island Tress Union Free School District No. 26 v. Pico by Pico. The Supreme Court ruled that school officials could not remove literary works because they disagreed with the ideas contained within them. By ruling as such, it protected the rights of students to express as well as receive information through such literary
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