In Clark’s article he states that parent’s complaints “range from profane language to sexual explicitness to “anti-Christian” images to unflattering renderings of minorities.” The ALA website also explains that from 2000 to 2009 there were over 5,000 books challenged because of sexually explicit material, violence, offensive language, material deemed unsuitable for age group, homosexuality and occult or Satanic themes. Parents have challenged books by going to school boards and proposing that the books be removed from public schools course curricula and libraries (Clark) and also by challenging them to the ALA and requesting that they be banned.
In the book “Keep Them Reading: An Anti-censorship Handbook for Educators,” by Gloria Pipkin and ReLeah Cossett Lent, they explain the result of the court case of Board of Education vs. Pico. In this case the Supreme Court ruled that “local public school boards cannot ban book from school libraries merely because they dislike the ideas expressed in them (Lent & Pipkin Forward ix). This can also be applied to the rules of the internet at school as well as books. Parents and school faculty members believe some websites are not appropriate for use during school hours, however they cannot block sites just because they do not like the content displayed in them. With technology on the rise in the past several years, censorship has gone beyond the banning of books in schools. Recently, parents have expanded their discontent from works of literature, to the issue of internet safety at school. Raising questions on how educators plan to ensure an appropriate use of the internet on school grounds. U.S. public high school’s school boards